American Field

Michael Aaron Jacobson December 26, 1970 — August 30, 2019

By Deb Fazenbaker | Oct 03, 2019
Michael A. Jacobson

Kingsville, Ohio — The National Red Setter Field Trial Club has lost an important member of our organization. Michael Aaron Jacobson of New Richmond, Wis., died Friday, August 30, at Westfields Hospital at the age of 48.

Mike was married to Tracy Kreibich; he died just one month prior to their 25th wedding anniversary. Mike and Tracy were blessed with three amazing daughters, Reese (Sam Charbonneau), Tessa and Shaye. His loving parents, Mark and Marge Jacobson, his brother Matt and his paternal grandmother, Patricia Jacobson, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and devoted friends.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Richmond. Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Mike was a devoted family man who practiced law for 23 years before accepting a position as an Associate Business Law Professor at the UW-River Falls.

He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of seventeen. Throughout his life, he continued to support Boy Scouts of America. He believed in generous community service. When Mike and Tracy’s children were involved in tennis, basketball, soccer or even dance, Mike and Tracy were there, coaching them to success.

Mike was a licensed pilot and served on the New Richmond Regional Airport Commission. He was also an avid outdoorsman who especially enjoyed fishing for muskies and bird hunting with his dogs. He obtained Jack, his first Red Setter, from Roger Berg of Iron Fire Setters in St. Cloud, Minn. He joined the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) where he worked actively training Jack as his hunting companion. After several years in NAVHDA, Mike found his way to the National Red Setter Field Trial Club (NRSFTC). Before long Mike was committed to “the purest challenge in sportsdom” and to maintaining the goals and intentions of the founding members of the National Red Setter Club.

Mike accepted a position on the NRSFTC Board of Directors and served in that capacity for over twelve years, most recently in the role of Futurity chair.

The NRSFTC benefitted greatly from Mike’s legal background. He and accountant Brad Guinn donated their time and expertise to set up a foundation for the NRSFTC. They were successful in establishing the Red Setter Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity in the state of Wisconsin. Once the Foundation was established, Mike functioned as an officer and an advisor for the Red Setter Foundation.

Meanwhile, he continued to serve in various community organizations. He especially encouraged programs to get young people involved in the “great outdoors.” He often spoke about the need to establish youth trials, hopeful that such activities would get more young people interested in hunting and field trial events. In fact, for the last two years, Mike brought his youngest daughter Shaye to our red setter trial. Fourteen-year-old Shaye entered Rudy, her red setter, in the club’s first “gun dog” stake; they won the event hands down. The pride and joy in Mike’s eyes was evident.

The National Red Setter Foundation is especially affected by Mike’s death at such a young age. It’s said: “Only the good die young . . . ” and Mike’s death at a mere 48 years underscores that. He certainly was very good to the National Red Setter Field Trial Club. We are deeply indebted to him for The Setter Foundation and we will never forget his generous commitment to organization.

The name Michael Aaron Jacobson probably isn’t well known to seasoned readers of The American Field. He wasn’t involved at the National Championship level. Still, he should be remembered with honor because that was the standard by which he lived his life. Mike’s grass roots commitment and work “in the trenches” — serving the National Red Setter Field Trial Club, honoring “the purest challenge,” and his great love of the outdoors are valid reasons we remember at his premature passing.

The National Red Setter Field Trial Club is better for having had him grace our midst . . . and so is the field trial world.


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