February 17, 1936 - June 9, 2018
John “Jack” Francis Jacobs, co-creator/owner of the renowned Melody Shops and Dallas business leader for almost 60 years, passed away on June 9, 2018 after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82. Jack was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 17, 1936. He graduated from Malden High School and then attended Southern Methodist University, where he studied accounting. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
For 33 years, Jack owned the Melody Shops, the popular music stores throughout the Dallas area, which sold records, grand pianos, musical instruments, electronics equipment and also had the largest sheet music collection in Dallas. He grew the business from its conception to nine locations throughout Dallas, including being one of the inaugural stores at NorthPark Mall, along with Neiman Marcus and Richard Eiseman Jewels. During this time, Jack became an icon on the local music scene, with many celebrities visiting his stores, including John Wayne, the Rolling Stones, and Tiny Tim. President Gerald Ford also gave a speech in front of the store.
In 1964, Jack was “charmed” by Doris Long after meeting her on a blind date and courted her for a year before proposing to her in San Francisco. The employees of the Melody Shops then surprised them with a wedding gift of Dallas Cowboys season tickets at the Cotton Bowl, which began a life-long family tradition of cheering on America’s Team for decades.
Jack was a true gentleman and devoted family man dedicated to bringing joy to his “girls” by supporting them in every aspect of their lives from their early childhood days at Lamplighter coaching soccer, guiding Indian Princesses, providing many dance and gymnastics lessons as well as cheering on the Highland Park Belles. Nicknamed “Swinging Jack” by his daughters’ friends, he was also their proud, dashing escort at the La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, Dallas Symphony Ball and Tyler Rose Festival. Later, he also spent much quality time with his only grandson, William, whom he adored.
Always together, Jack and Doris, shared many enthusiasms, including all genres of music concerts, the Dallas Symphony, traveling the world over, art, antiques, Sunday dinners at Mi Cocina, driving unique cars, supporting the Dallas community through numerous charities, and last but not least, his own long-standing weekly poker games, which he relished to the end.
Jack was also a 30-year member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, where he was a Captain of the ushers for 25 years, and a proud advocate of the Highland Park Independent School District.
In 1992, Jack joined Doris, who had by then carved a niche in the top tier of residential real estate agents in Dallas. In 2003, they ventured with Allie Beth Allman as Executive Vice President and Founding Partners to form one of the city’s most productive fine property firms, Allie Beth Allman & Associates, which now employs over 300 active agents. In 2015, the firm was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway. Combining Jack’s financial background with Doris’ proven real estate savvy, the dynamic duo, along with the support of their daughters, formed one of the most successful and revered real estate teams in Dallas.
Jack was predeceased in death by his mother Bridget Folan Jacobs, originally of Inis Meain Island, Ireland and adopted father Howard A. Jacobs of Boston, Massachusetts. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Doris Long Jacobs of Charleston, West Virginia, daughter Kimberly Jacobs Calloway, grandson Robert William Calloway, III, daughter Stephanie “Teffy” Dawn Jacobs, all of Dallas, sister Maureen Jacobs Brandon and nephew Edward M. Brandon, Jr. of Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
The Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Boulevard, Dallas, Texas, 75205, with the Reception immediately following in Elliott Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jack’s name to the Cattle Baron’s Ball, American Cancer Society, supporting endocrine cancer research. 3838 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas, 75219 | 214-443-9222 | cattlebaronsball.com.
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