Jacob A. born September 1, 1922 in Orenburg, Russia, beloved son of Jacob and Katherine Isaac. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, his step-father, Abram Loewen and two sisters; Tina and Anna. On August 19, 1945 he married Anne Enns in Yarrow, BC, a partnership that spanned 4 continents and 6 decades.

Jake died peacefully at The Cottage on January 27, 2006 at the age of 83 with family members at his side. He is survived by his loving wife Anne of 60 years, their 4 children: Gladys (Mel), DJ Pauls and Al Pauls, Sharon (David) Shepherd and Bill (Margaret); 8 grandchildren: Allison, Jennifer, Jason, Adam, Andrew, Nic, Karissa (Carl) and Kimberly; and one great grandchild Mira.

Jake had long associations with the Mennonite Brethren Board of Missions, Tabor College, the American Bible Society and the United Bible Societies. Jake had a rich life which took him to places such as Colombia, Peru, Panama, Zambia and Togo, giving him contacts around the world. He was many things in the work world: a teacher, a mediator, a research, a trainer, an innovator, an author, a mentor, an observer and a seeker. His love of anthropology and his skill at Bible translation inspired and motivated him, taking him to many cultures where the learning stimulated him and changed his way of seeing the world. Throughout his professional life he published numerous books, these being an important part of the legacy he wanted to leave behind. He enjoyed his early years of retirement, fishing in various lakes and rivers in B.C. He approached fishing like all his activities, with passion and dedication. Jake’s leisure activities and academic pursuits were curtailed with the debilitating effects of several strokes during the past 12 years. Special thanks to the staff at Hallmark Assisted Living and the Cottage for their care and support of Jake in his last years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the QL Trust fund. A private memorial service will be for family and close friends.

Woodlawn Funeral Home


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