David Jacob, an Advocate newspaper employee of 19 years, died Friday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 56.
Jacob started his career at The Advocate in the printing department where he worked for seven years before moving to the Informational Technology department.
He came from a “long line” of printers with his father working as a printer at the Bogalusa Daily News in the 1940s and 1950s, said Jacob’s brother, Ernest Jacob.
Ernest Jacob said his brother came to Baton Rouge in the mid-1980s from Brookhaven, Miss.
Barry LeBlanc, David Jacob’s supervisor in the IT department, said Jacob performed his duties as the prepress computer specialist for the IT department very well.
“David Jacob was a very good and loyal employee of this newspaper for 19 years,” LeBlanc said. “He will be missed by all his friends and co-workers here at The Advocate.”
LeBlanc said Jacob was a quiet colleague who enjoyed fishing as a hobby.
Ernest Jacob said he joined his brother on several of those fishing trips where David Jacob would steer the conversation into politics, knowing his brother had differing views.
“Oh, yeah, we’d get riled up,” Ernest Jacob said with a laugh.
But fishing in the Gulf of Mexico was David Jacob’s passion and that’s where his ashes will be spread, his brother said.
David Jacob’s other fishing companion and close friend of more than a decade, Ben Burris, said his work schedule has him traveling a lot, and Jacob always called to make sure he was safe.
“He was just a good guy,” Burris said. “He cared an awful lot. He was a private person, but he was a big part of my life. And he took a part of me when he left.”