David B. JacobsenDavid B. Jacobsen, of 16 Shudaben Road, Ithaca, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Cayuga Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family and dedicated colleagues.

Born on April 30, 1957, David was the son of the late Dr. Dwight Jacobsen and Marjorie (Stickle) Balch. After graduating from Pennfield High School in Battlecreek Michigan, he attended the CS Wilson School of Respiratory Therapy in Johnson City NY, becoming a Certified Respiratory Therapist. For the past 33 years, David has worked for Cayuga Medical Center as a Respiratory Therapist.

David was a member of the Ithaca VFW Men's Auxiliary and enjoyed spending as much time outdoors as possible boating and gathering with friends and family around a bonfire. Most importantly, David cherished time spent with his wife, sons, daughter-in-laws, and little buddy, Ryan.

David is survived by his wife, Rachel Tagliavento Jacobsen of Ithaca; two sons, Andrew (Lacey) of Trumansburg and Daniel (Heather) Jacobsen of Watkins Glen; a grandson and love of his life, Ryan; three brothers, Dwight (Joan), Dr. Eric (Belinda), and Christopher Jacobsen; a sister, Susan Young; best buddy, Bryan Merry; mother-in-law, Betty Tagliavento; two brothers-in-law, Joseph (Agnes) and Jack (Sheila) Tagliavento; several nieces and nephews; and his dog and cat, Maggie May and Chester. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clara and Jay Stickle; and father-in-law, Joseph Tagliavento.

The family will be present to receive friends from 1:00 to 4:00pm on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg. Funeral Services will immediately follow, at 4:00pm, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to make a contribution in David’s memory to kindly consider the Franziska Rackers Center, 3226 Wilkins Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Enfield Fire & Rescue Squad, 172 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.