"The farm was a very important part of my husband's life," said Jacobs' widow, Joyce. "If he had any time off, we went to the farm."
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"They were just kids when they started with him, but Blackie has always had the greatest respect for these guys," she said by phone. "He's as proud of Dan as if he would have been a son."
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