2010 Moffat County Fair paying tribute to the late Carol Jacobson | CraigDailyPress.com

2010 Moffat County Fair paying tribute to the late Carol Jacobson

Carol Jacobson’s unfortunate death July 29, 2009, while on a “dream of a lifetime” float trip through Lodore Canyon on the Green River, marks the passing of a truly remarkable person and valued community member who gave generously and unselfishly of her time and energy.

She was born Carol Valera Wyman to Lou and Loita Wyman on Dec. 13, 1954, at For Carson Hospital in Colorado Springs, and grew up primarily in Moffat and Routt counties.

Carol began her education in a one-room schoolhouse located in the Williams For River Valley near the family ranch.

She later attended elementary school in Craig and Palo Alto, Calif. She graduated from Hayden High School in 1972, where she was an active and popular student and cheerleader.

Carol earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 1977, and a certificate in Community Service Development from Metropolitan State College in 1982. She ultimately earned a master’s degree in public administration from Metropolitan State in 1987, and another bachelor’s degree in English from Metropolitan State in 2002.

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While in Denver, Carol worked as a research assistant, project coordinator, auditor, and substitute teacher.

Most notably, she was a research analyst at the Cleo Wallace Center. She volunteered at West Side Books and later was hired as a full-time employee. Her literary interests also led her to the Tattered Cover Bookstore, where she worked for a brief time.

In 1979, Carol married Art Jacobson.

They had three sons — Aaron, of Los Angeles; Adam, of Denver; and Isaac, of Craig.

In 2003, after this marriage ended and the children were grown, Carol returned to the Northwest Colorado she loved — the sage, dirt, old buildings, homesteads — all of it.

Upon returning, she went to work for the Moffat County Morning News as a reporter and photographer, and editor for a brief time.

In 2006, Carol’s love of books resulted in her opening a bookstore in the back of the building that currently houses Serendipity Coffee Shop.

As the business grew, the store was moved to its current location and became Downtown Books. Shortly after opening the bookstore, Carol met and fell in love with Terry Carwile. They married in 2007.

At this happy and satisfying time of her life, Carol’s interests diversified.

She became an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Northwestern Community College, where she taught English composition and creative writing. She also taught memoir classes and helped organize historical tours of Northwest Colorado.

She was the driving force behind the Craig Farmer’s Market.

Carol was an inspiration to young and old alike. She worked tirelessly to help people develop the skills to express themselves through the written word.

She was especially fond of poetry and many students will testify to her ability to draw words and expression out of them with her passion for writing and teaching.

Her boundless energy and enthusiasm were contagious, not only in supporting the arts and promoting literacy, but also in the creativity expressed in the numerous art and craft projects she offered freely to friends and family.

She self-published a book of oral history called “Stella Craig at Juniper Springs,” and a book of photos called “Yampa Bench Road”.

Carol’s early life as a member of a local ranching family instilled in her a connection to land and soil.

Her mother, Loita, passed along knowledge, wisdom, and a love of gardening and natural beauty. Carol loved creative gardening. She was an active member of her church, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 Ladies Auxiliary, president of the historical group, and had been appointed to the Moffat County Fair Board as a result of her desire and enthusiasm to keep local heritage alive.

Endless lives were touched by Carol and her unfailing dedication to the community.

Instead of saying, “Someone should do something about that,” Carol always said “What can I do about that?”

Then, she would plunge ahead full-bore and it would be done.

She was a woman full of life and joy, and refreshingly real. Her advice to all of us might be, “Surround yourself with things you love.”

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