Jacob Richard Washburn
On Monday, April 29, 2019, Jacob Washburn, loving husband and son,
passed away at the age of 30 due to complications of heart failure.
Jacob was born on August 12, 1988 in Longmont, Colorado to Greg and
Michelle Washburn. He was a student at the University of Arkansas-
Fayetteville in his last senior semester pursuing a baccalaureate
degree in Computer Engineering. On August 12, 2017, after six years
of being together, he married the love of his life, Shayla Robinson.
Jacob had a passion for music, drawing, writing, technology and video
games, philosophy, and intellectual pursuits. Jacob was a very
philosophical person and he loved to engage in thought exercises and
debate. He was passionate about playing saxophone and listening to
all types of music (all the way from classical music to Disturbed and
System of A Down to Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Eagles). He wanted to
learn how to play cello and he was intent on being a part of an
orchestral group after he graduated his degree program. He was
originally raised in Colorado and moved to Arkansas with his family
when he was eight years old. He loved Colorado and his family who
lived there dearly and had plans to move back there after graduation.
Jacob loved sports and he grew up playing a variety of sports at
school and with his parent’s softball team. He cherished memories of
playing softball with his father, Greg. As an adult, he loved
traveling and planning trips with his wife, Shayla. He was
particularly intent on visiting Italy to explore his family heritage.
He had wonderful memories of the many road trips he had taken in his
youth with his family: Uncle John’s Cabin in Wisconsin, the buffalo
attack at Yellowstone with Caleb, exploring San Francisco and Las
Vegas and all of the summers spent with Grandma and Grandpa Lane back
in Colorado, the near miss with an alligator with his Dad in Florida,
the trip to NASA with Grandpa Washburn, playing saxophone at his
Auntie’s wedding, the trips to Branson to antique and outlet shop with
Grandma Washburn and Aunt Deb, and all of the terrifying road trips to
school in the morning with his dear Mother, Michelle. Jacob will
always be remembered for his loud laugh, his dry humor and quick wit,
his intellect, his loving nature, his need to uplift people and see
them live up to their full potential, and being the brains of the two
brothers (you can have the looks, Caleb).
Jacob was preceded in death by his lovely Aunt Leetha and Colorado
Uncle Bob. His spirit is carried on by his wife Shayla, his brother
Caleb, his father Greg, his mother Michelle, his Aunt Deb, his Aunt
Andrea, his Uncle John, his Uncle Bob, his Grandma Virginia, his
Grandpa Ron, his Grandpa John, his Grandma Jeaneane, and many other
relatives in Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon,
Washington, Georgia, Germany, Italy, and friends of the family in
Maryland. He will be dearly missed by all.
To honor Jacob, in the summer of 2019, the family will honor Jacob’s
wishes to return to Colorado by burying his urn in Northern Colorado.
He wished to be buried in a biodegradable urn that will produce a tree
beside his wife, Shayla. His tree Planting Ceremony will be followed
by a Celebration of Life party. Jacob will also be honored by the
University of Arkansas on May 11, 2019 with an honorary Bachelor of
Science degree in Computer Engineering, his wife and family will be
attending the Commencement Ceremony to accept the degree in his honor.
His name will be on the 2019 Senior Walk at the University of Arkansas
in Fayetteville, Arkansas for all to see.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at Cross
Church, in the Chapel, on 1709 Johnson Road in Springdale, Arkansas at
10am, the Chapel will open at 9am. Flowers may be sent to the Care of
Charlie Foster at Cross Church on 1709 Johnson Road in Springdale,