Darcy R. Jacobson of Hartford, SD passed away peacefully with her sons by her side at Ava’s House by Sanford in Sioux Falls on June 11, 2018. She had previously suffered a stroke and was 42 years of age.
Darcy was born December 30, 1975 in Fargo, ND to Loren Thompson and Janet Rogers. She spent her early years growing up in Sabin, MN and eventually moving to Barnesville, MN where she graduated from high school. Darcy was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Barnesville. Fast-pitch softball was the family’s passion and she also played basketball and volleyball growing up. She was a proud member of the first ever Barnesville girls’ basketball team to make it the then, two-class state tournament. Recently, her team was inducted into the Hall of Fame from Barnesville, MN. She was Miss Barnesville, MN in 1994. She went on to attend and graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead.
On May 6, 2000, Darcy married Michael Jacobson in Dillworth, MN. The couple would reside in Grand Forks, ND, the Fargo-Moorhead area and eventually in Hartford. Darcy’s absolute pride and joy were her two sons, Loren (15) and Brody (10).
Darcy had a passion for working with children and at-risk adults. She ran an afterschool program at Romkey Park in Moorhead during her college years. She took great pride in helping others through difficult times by working at such places as Prairie at St. Johns and the Minnehaha County Detox.
Her life surrounded her two boys. In every aspect of her life her sons meant everything. From watching them compete in various sports to attending school concerts to simply hanging out, Darcy was that perfect Mom to Loren and Brody. She would work overnight shifts, thus sacrificing sleep, just to be able to spend time with them. She was a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. She was able to watch the “Minneapolis Miracle” surrounded by her family and spoke of it often of how much fun it was to spend that quality time with her family.
Darcy was an easy person to love. From complete strangers to neighborhood kids, Darcy impacted everyone and could make people smile after saying hello. As a neighbor put it, she was the “cool Mom” on 6th Street. She was always putting others ahead of herself even at her death by being an organ donor by helping those she will never meet.
Grateful for sharing her life were Jake and her sons, Loren and Brody, all of Hartford. She is also survived by a sister, Lana (Jon) Birkeland of Hermantown, MN, brothers Casey (Laura) Thompson of Mankato, MN and Cory Thompson of Moorhead, mother, Janet Thompson of Moorhead, and nine nieces and nephews and one great niece.
Darcy was preceded in death by her father, Loren K. Thompson; grandparents Clayton and Juanita Thompson and Gilford and Dorothy Rogers; uncles Clayton “Bub” Thompson Jr., Rick Asleson, and Donald Slininger; and cousin Mitchell Slininger.
Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Miller Funeral Chapel in Hartford at 11:00am, with visitation starting at 9:30. A meet and greet will also be held Monday, June 18th at the Miller Funeral Chapel from 5-7pm. A private interment will be at Wild Rice Cemetery in rural Twin Valley, MN at a later date.
Special thank you to the entire Sanford Hospital and Ava’s House teams who went above and beyond with providing care, support and comfort during this difficult time. To Chaplain Bill at Sanford, a very big thank you from Darcy’s family as you have helped beyond what was expected with daily visits and offering of needed support during this life-changing time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to establish scholarships for her children.