Erik Jacobsen
  • If you wish to make a memorial gift in Erik's name, the family suggests contributions to UCUMC for the children's feeding program at Redemption Village (in the Dominican Republic).
  • UCUMC for the children's feeding program at Redemption Village (in the Dominican Republic).
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“What an amazing legacy you left for your family! ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Laura Fohr - Oviedo, FL

“Dear Erik. I will miss you and cherish all the memories we have together. You and Rosalie have been like a second set of grandparents for me. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Natascha Jacobsen - Copenhagen


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Erik Jacobsen was one of the most positive, hard-working individuals
you could ever meet.

Born in Herning, Denmark, on August 17, 1937, Erik was a young boy
when the Nazis invaded his country. Faced with the real possibility
of starvation, Erik helped support himself and his family throughout
the occupation. At the age of 17, he immigrated to Canada, where he
worked as a limestone miner at Koeye River off the coast of British
Columbia. From that time until he married, Erik regularly sent half his
paycheck home to help support his family in Denmark.

During one of his many visits to Vancouver, Erik met his devoted wife of
58 years, Rosalie. They married, and immigrated to California in 1964.
After working for a short time at Coca-Cola and Miller High Life, Erik
began his career at Disney in 1967, working at Disneyland California.

While in California, one of Erik's favorite hobbies was flying. At one
point he aspired to become a commercial pilot, having logged over
1,500 flight hours.

Despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Erik excelled in his ca-
reer at Disney, and helped open Walt Disney World in Florida in 1971.
Erik moved with his family to Florida to pursue a job opportunity at
Walt Disney World, arriving on his birthday in 1972. Shortly after their
relocation, Erik and Rosalie became citizens of the United States.

One of Erik's favorite tasks was to serve as the unofficial ambassador
to Scandinavian business executives from other theme parks. These
executives often found hospitality at Erik's personal residence. Erik's
final position at Disney was "Facilities 1," where he was responsible for
maintenance and security for Magic Kingdom, Fort Wilderness, and the
Contemporary, Polynesian, and Golf Resorts.

Erik was one of the founders of the Orlando Hagar Viking Club—
a social club for other Scandinavians who had immigrated to the U.S.

Erik will be best remembered as a wonderful husband to Rosalie, and
father to Dennis, Brenda, and Michael. He especially took pride in his
grandchildren: Colton, Kyra, Corbin, and Connor Bishop; and Stephanie
and Erik Jacobsen. Erik is survived by his wife, children, and grand-
children, as well as his brother, Ingolf; sisters, Sonja and Conny; and
numerous nieces and nephews.

Erik went to be with the LORD on December 16, 2017 (the same day
his older brother passed away when Erik was very young).