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June 27, 2014

Craig Jacobsen: A servant’s heart

Jacobsen retires as assistant state attorney of 24 years

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From his childhood to adult life, Craig Jacobsen learned what it was to be a servant of the people. Jacobsen not only served his country in the U.S. military, but he defended the rights of law abiding citizens inside the courtroom. On June 30, this servant will hang his hat and retire as an assistant state attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit. 

Jacobsen was born on Dec. 11, 1943, during World War II. The military life is all Jacobsen knew growing up, watching his father serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps, which later became known as the U.S. Air Force, serving as a bombardier/navigator. His father served in World War II and the Korean War.

“My father didn’t fight combat over in Korea, he flew out of England and over the Soviet Union and mapped out targets for us to bomb if we went to war,” Jacobsen said. “He flew into Russia over their airspace.”

When Jacobsen was 11, his father retired from active duty as major in the Air Force after a hard fought career in the military and the family moved from where he was stationed in California to Jacksonville. 

In 1960, the Jacobsens moved to Winter Park where he would eventually graduate from Winter Park High School two years later.

Jacobsen then began his college career at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history. 

It was at FSC that Jacobsen met the love of his life, Judy, and the couple were married in 1967. The couple was married for 16 years prior to welcoming their first child, Justin. 

While attending FSC, Jacobsen enrolled in ROTC and upon graduation, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army.

“I saw war coming, so I stayed in ROTC,” Jacobsen said. “They had a mandatory two years in ROTC. I stayed for four and I was commissioned the same day I graduated.”

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