Wednesday, October 13, 2010

He's up the trail

Ben died this afternoon at 3:00 home. His passing was peaceful and, mercifully, rather quick. The funeral will be at noon on Wednesday, October 20th, at the Parleys 6th Ward, 2350 South 2100 East in SLC. Our family will greet friends at that same location Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:45 until 11:45 a.m. Thanks again for all of your wonderful concern and support.


Whitney said...

Much love, many prayers and peace to you all.

The Pages said...

We love you Jacobsens.

Russ and Lacey Page Family

Katy said...

We love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.... The Smith Family

Kenton, Molly and Family said...

We love you guys so very much and consider ourselves so very lucky to know you. I guess this means that I will need to chase Ben up the trail just that much longer.

Kenton, Molly, Kate and Kai Andersen

Smarties said...

Sweet Allison and Jacobsen (and Burbige) family, you've been in my thoughts constantly. My love an prayers are with you. Bless you all.

Laura said...

I want to let you know how much I have thought and prayed for you. While it's been some time since we've seen each other Allison, please know how much I love you and am here for you. Ben was an amazing amazing guy and I'm so very grateful for yours and his friendship through the years. xoxo

Brittany Anne Nielsen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.
Allison, you are truly an amazing woman, wife and mother. Ben will be missed but how blessed we are to know where he is right now. His last post was inspiring.
I've always admired you and your family, ever since I moved into the ward.
The Lord will be with you at this challenging time in your life.
Love, Brittany.

Gary Jones said...

Wow! Our hearts goes out to your family. You will continue to be in our prayers. We are grateful that you have been willing to share this struggle. We are grateful for Ben's courage in fighting the good fight. May our Heavenly Father bless you with an abundance of his spirit.

Gary and Brittany Jones

Anonymous said...

I don't know your family but I stumbled across your blog exactly one week ago. How sad I am to hear of Ben's passing but I have been so moved by his story. I am thankful to have read of his courage and his testimony. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

The Hendry's said...

All our love goes out to you and your little family. If we can help in any way, we're there.

The Hendry's

Anonymous said...

I am a SLC melanoma widow who has been following this blog. When you're ready, please e-mail me.
I'm so sorry.

ghd3 said...

We love you all. Our thoughts are with you. God speed, Ben. We'll be looking for you around the bend.

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Elisabeth said...

Dear Allison-You and your wonderful family are in my prayers. Much love, Elisabeth

peter said...

I just got off the phone with Holly. She told me the news. I am very sorry. I am thinking of you, Sarah, Cameron, and Nathan.
Peter Lindgren

birdie said...

Thinking about you and your family tonight and reflecting on the memories of the dedicated friend that Ben was to my brother John. He was a top notch guy. Sending love your way...

Jane (Bingham) McAdams

steph said...

You are in my heart and prayers. I'm thankful Ben is no longer suffering but ache for all of your family. We love you!

Stephanie Gardner

Janie and Ryan said...

What a privilege to have known Ben and see his legacy; to know you and your little ones. You are a remarkable family and a strength and inspiration to us all. We're saddened by your loss but blessed to know the truth therein. All our love.
♥Janie & Ryan Palmer

Camille and Nate Johnson said...

My prayers are with you and your family.
Cami (Thompson) Johnson

aimee said...

I'm so sorry Allison. Praying for you.

Dave said...


We are thinking of you, Ben, and your kids, and reflecting on many happy memories.

Dave and Ariane Dansie

Cathy J. said...

Dear Allison, Sarah, Cameron and Nathan,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you!

Allen and Cathy

Maryanne said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I once heard Berniece Burt refer to it as shooting on over, what a great phrase. And although it's been a while since we've seen each other, know that my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. May you find comfort in the gospel & our Savior.

Boyd Davis said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. What an amazing example Ben has been to me. I have always looked up to him and will continue to.


The Kingfish said...

My Dear Allison, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your joint struggle was courageous and heroic. God bless you and your children. You will remain in my prayers.

Marv Curtis

The Rambler said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know there is nothing I can say or do, but I send my love and my prayers to you and your family.

Ann Gates W

Amy said...

Allison, it's been a long time since we've been in touch, but I heard about Ben's fight with cancer through Troy and I've been following the blog for a month or so. I was so sorry to hear of Ben's passing today. You have a beautiful family and thank goodness for the knowledge that this life is but a brief stop in our eternal journey. Sending you my love and prayers.

Amy Howell Jameson

Dave said...

Alison, I have followed your's and Ben's journey for so long now. The tears just won't stop. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been so deeply touched by your family. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dave Nilson

Brian said...

Kari and I were actually talking about your family at the time we received the phone call last night. We were touched by Ben's last entry in the blog. Ben and your family have shown amazing courage. Your family is in our prayers.

Brian and Kari Harward

Roger said...

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Ben was a great guy and will be missed.

Roger Peters

Becky Burbidge said...

We truly mourn with you, sweet Allison, Sarah, Cameron and Nathan. You are in our hearts and prayers and we know our Savior's tender mercies will be upon you; and angels will be all around to bear you up.

Becky and David Burbidge

raymo said...

I heard the sad news this morning and wanted to let Ben's family know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I served with Ben in Japan, but we haven't been in contact for years, but I thought of him often. He's one of those people that left such a big impression on me. Kind, hardworking and a great love for life and the Lord.

Raymond Crook
Menlo Park, CA

Anthony said...


I want to give you a huge hug right now but I can't. I am going to send my hug with my Mom on Wednesday.

I am amazed by your strength and faithfulness. I wish you and your family the best.

Anthony Kunz
Phoenix, Arizona

alaska grown said...

Allison and Kids,

We have watched your blog with love and concern for the past year. You were so good to us during our short time in Sugarhouse. Please know you and the kids are in our hearts and prayers. We love you.

Scott and Christina Hancey and boys
Wasilla, AK

Anonymous said...

You are indeed a remarkable woman, as Ben has stated in his blog. We look up to you as you have gone through this horrible cancer with Ben, with the utmost grace, courage, and dignity. Please know of our love for you and your children at this time. Ben is and was an incredible man. His spirit will shine through you and your children forever.
Love, Suzy and Tracy Stocking

TheMichies said...

"There are some things that are more important than council approval. And if it means that we get closer to killing off this cheating, sly, conniving bloody disease that cancer is, I tell you, I'd run round Skipton market naked, smeared in plum jam, wearing nothing but a knitted tea cosy on me head and singing "Jerusa...lem". "
-Calendar Girls

RIP Ben.

We knew you through the Michie's. My husband, John, thought very highly of Ben. I met you and your family swimming at the Michie's with your adorable kids. We have pictures we will send you. My heart is breaking hearing of this. I'm so sorry. You will be in all of our prayers. May you be wrapped in God's love and in His angels comfort through this.
Love, Sherri & John Michie

Margaret said...

The news is breaking our hearts. Please know we're saying many prayers on your family's behalf in our home.
And Ben, if you're reading this, we think the world of you and will see you again someday.

Margaret & Barry Grzybowski

marcus said...


I always admired you for your diligence and dedication. You were one of those gifted athletes and scholars that made everything look so easy.

The way you've faced this trial has been nothing short of inspirational.

May God bless and comfort you and your family.

Jeanine said...

It has been so long since I have see you. Please consider this a huge hug from me. My heart, prayers and love are with you and the children.

kyambadde said...

It is really a sad moment to loss some one you love most. At this moment I know that Ben is in the right place and it was his time to be called by God. I continue to pray for the family. Your Dad Ben was my Mission President in England and he inspired me a lot. May the lord bless the all family and friends. Ronnie Kyambadde (Uganda)

Barbara said...


I am so sorry to hear of Ben's passing. Please know that you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.


TK said...


I am so sorry to hear this news. I'm sure this has been a trying time and I feel so sad for all of you. Of course, I am happy that Ben has such a strong testimony and that he is happily engaged in a new cause, but my heart is heavy.

Our prayers are with you.

TK Hollberg and Family

old school said...

Allison & Family, you don't know me but I skied with Ben on several occasions. I am so sorry for your loss. Ben is an amazing person, and I am thankful to have known him. Seeing your heading, "He's up the trail," reminded me of this photo I took of Ben skinning up the pass below Triangle Peak in January 2009. In light of Ben's journey, it has a lot of symbolism. See

Best wishes, Jon Schofield

James and Kelly Wood said...

Hi, we are good friends of Jeff and Heather. My husband was diagnosed with cancer last year as well. We feel like we practically know you through the Pickett's and have thought of you often. I feel overwhelming sadness for what your family is going through. We will keep you in our prayers. I know that God is aware of all that we are going through, however unfair it may be. I hope you will know of his love and feel his arms wrapped around you.
James and Kelly Wood

Catherine said...


You and Ben are trully an inspiration and an example of the cup half full. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. You guys have influenced us in ways you will never know, and have inspired us to be better people. Thank you for sharing your testimonies with us, by the way you live your lives. We love you and your family, and continue to keep you in our prayers.

Love, Joe,Catherine,Joseph,Nathan,and Charlotte Johnsen

AndreaL said...

I am so sorry about Ben's passing. I was very touched by his last entry as it was so full of faith and hope. My prayers are with you and your family. I will be out of town over the viewing and funeral but I wanted to let you know I will be thinking of you and Ben.
Andrea Lunt

Doug and Linda Bowers said...

Alison, We love you an Ben so much. We mourn his passing and will miss him. You and the children have been and will continue to be in our daily prayers. Love, Linda & Doug Bowers

The Speres said...

We love your family so much and look up to your examples of great faith, kindness and complete selflessness. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers.


Bryce and Heidi Spere

Carol said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Allison.

Tom and Carol Hammond

Patrick said...

Allison and Family,

Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with your family this week during this difficult time. Ben's funeral was one of the more spiritual experiences I have had. Allison, Elder Oaks is right, you can and will do it. We have the utmost faith and confidence in you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of honoring such a great man and his equally great wife. You have had a profound impact on our family.

Much love and best wishes for the future.

Patrick Olson

Matthew said...

Allison and your beautiful family,

i'm profoundly sorry that Ben has passed on. It's obvious that he cherished the beauty of this life--most especially you and your children.

You will be in our prayers--that your faith will give you strength, and that you will find comfort in your eternal lives together. I'm sure Ben is getting everything shaped up just to your liking.

Maybe there will even be an REI nearby.

Love, Matt and Melissa Kimball