Meatpacking pioneer John Jacobson dies at 106

By Land Line staff | 4/25/2017

John (Jack) Jacobson died on April 13, 2017. A former Kansan, he was recognized as a pioneer in the meatpacking business. He was 106 years old and resided in Point Clear, Ala.

He was also an Army veteran. According to The Kansas City Star, in 1944 he was sent to England to prepare for the invasion of France, and spent the next two years as quartermaster officer to Gen. George S. Patton in France and Germany. He remained in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1946-1953.

In 1962, he and his wife moved to Kansas City, Mo., to close a family- owned packing plant. Instead he expanded it, moving the company to Liberal, Kan. In 1968, he opened National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal.

He was also chairman of the board of Idle Wild Foods Inc.; board member of the American Meat Institute; and co-founder and board member of the Meat Importers Council of America. 

In 1986 he retired, moved to Florida, and became an avid golfer. In 1999, he moved to Point Clear, Ala., According to his obituary, he played golf until he was 101. Jacobson is preceded in death by his wife, Georgia.

One of his sons, Johnny Jacobson, is founder and owner of Trans Am Trucking in Olathe, Kan.

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