Former Mt. Pointe athlete dies at 27

Colleen Sparks
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 20, 2007 05:28 PM

The Arizona RepublicDec. 20, 2007 05:28 PMIt’s hard to summarize all that Mountain Pointe High School 1998 graduate Kori Jacobson accomplished in 27 years, her friends and family say.

The athlete and chef died at age 27 on Dec. 16 from a reaction to prescription medicine, according to her family.

Jacobson, a talented high school and college athlete, attended Georgia Tech University on a softball scholarship and graduated in three years with a degree in business management. Most recently she lived in Los Angeles and worked for a catering company that served celebrities.

While at Mountain Pointe in Ahwatukee, Jacobson was state badminton singles champion two years, and she was selected for The Arizona Republic’s 5A All-East Valley first-team for softball. She lettered in track three years and graduated second in her class.

“I was always proud of her because she just was such a beautiful person no matter what she did,” her mother Karen Jacobson, of Chandler, said. “She was very, very confident; just a hard worker. She just always wanted to help people. Everybody that ever met her loved her.”

Karen Jacobson, a retired teacher, coached her daughter in badminton and softball at Mountain Pointe.

Ahwatukee resident David Klecka, a former Mountain Pointe teacher, coached Jacobson two years on Mountain Pointe’s track team.

“She was so . . . very grown up; she had it all organized,” Klecka said. “When I would run into her it felt like I was talking to a superior, in a good way.”

Desert Vista High School Principal Anna Battle, who also coached Jacobson on Mountain Pointe’s track team, said she was “a wonderful and beautiful lady,” and “one of the hardest working” and most “talented athletes” that she worked with.

“She did not know how to be mediocre,” Battle said. “I love Kori Jacobson and I always will.”

A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Jacobson will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at The Shalimar Country Club, 2032 E. Golf Ave., Tempe. The family plans to scatter her ashes on the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people donate to the “Kori Jacobson Memorial Fund” at any Wells Fargo Bank. The proceeds will benefit Jacobson’s niece’s club softball team.

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