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Obituary for Jacob Thomas Sawyer

Jacob Thomas Sawyer, 29, of Melrose, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born in La Crosse, Wis., on August 17, 1987, to Tim and Anne (Tracey) Sawyer. Jacob graduated, with honors, from Melrose-Mindoro High School in 2005, and received a degree in Mechanical Design from Western Technical College (WTC) in 2007. He was top of his class at WTC which earned him an internship at Trane Company and later a full-time position as a mechanical draftsman. Jacob’s early experience on the family dairy farm nurtured his passion for the outdoors. He cherished spending time at all family gatherings and the Sawyer family cabin. He took pleasure in riding his ATV, relaxing on the sandbar, fishing, and telling stories. He especially enjoyed camping on the river. His card playing success at deer camp earned him the nickname “The King”. Jacob was also an avid reader. He had a thirst for knowledge and always stayed current with news, politics, and Wisconsin sports teams. Jacob was a very kind and caring person who faced much adversity and confronted life’s challenges with courage and without complaint. He was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his three nieces, Elizabeth, Ashlyn, and Natalie, whom he adored. Jacob is survived by his parents, Tim and Anne Sawyer of Melrose; his brothers, Ryan (Darcy) Sawyer and Jeffrey Sawyer, both of Melrose; his sister, Emily (Alexander) Sackmann of Marquette, Mich.; grandmother, Joyce Sawyer of Melrose; his aunts and uncles, Mary Sargent of Onalaska, Bob and Sandy Tracey of Holmen, Jim and Kay Tracey of Medford, Dave and Jane Quall of La Crosse, Steve and Alyce Tracey of Hudson, and Donald and Teresa Nelson of Melrose; his nieces, Elizabeth Sawyer, Ashlyn Sawyer, and Natalie Sackmann; and many cousins and friends. Jacob was preceded in death by his brother, Mikhail Sawyer; his grandparents, Robert and Elizabeth Tracey, and his grandfather, Donald Sawyer. Memorial services will be at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Melrose United Methodist Church. Pastor Robbie Nowicki will officiate. A private burial will be held at a later date. A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be given to organizations that Jacob loved. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at