Tom Jacobson unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, May 1, surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Billings, the first son of Paul and Mary Lou Jacobson and graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1967. Tom continued his education at Rocky Mountain College earning a degree in Business Economics. While in college, Tom married Julie and had two sons, Michael and Steven.
Tom began what would turn out to be a lengthy career in the food distribution business at Associated Foods. He went to work for Pacific Gamble Robinson as a warehouseman, delivery driver, salesman and produce buyer. Tom was promoted to branch president and worked to grow his PGR branch into the regional Food Services of America. Tom, Julie and son Steven founded the Grand Bagel Company and developed the first traditional NY style bagels in Billings. Tom enjoyed his mornings working out at the BAC and afternoons socializing at Billings Army Navy Surplus. Tom and Julie recently retired to begin spending more time with family and at their cabin outside Red Lodge. Tom treasured working on the cabin and spending time in the mountains. Tom loved his family and became a topnotch grandfather.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Paul in 1998. Tom is survived by his wife, Julie; his sons Michael and Steven (Nikki); and grandchildren Paul, Hunter and Claire. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Lou Jacobson; his sister Kim (Larry) Brander; his brother Dean.
On Friday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Hilands Golf Club, Tom’s family will be hosting an informal gathering for his friends to raise a toast to Tom.