Coolidge’s Jacobs family raises money for scholarship

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
It’s been three years since Coolidge Mayor Reagan Jacobs passed away, and his family hopes to keep his memory alive through a scholarship they work hard to fund each year.
Jacobs, originally from Palestine, had lived in Coolidge for 42 years before his passing and served on the Coolidge city council for the previous 21 years. He had just been elected mayor of Coolidge in May 2014, so when he died unexpectedly on June 7 of that year, many were devastated, especially, of course, his family.
They decided to establish a scholarship in his name and have held a fish fry as a fundraiser for the scholarship each September since then, right after his birthday, which was Sept. 7.
The family raises enough money each year, mainly from the fish fry, to fund three or four $500 scholarships. The family usually buys one prize to raffle to raise more money, with all the proceeds going to the scholarship.

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