Coy G. Jacob, age 71, of Venice, FL, passed away on September 7, 2019. He was born to Lois Jacob-Lamar and Homer Jacob on January 5, 1948 in St. Louis, MO. He came to the Venice area in 1984
Coy was a true entrepreneur, who was successful in real estate and his true passion, aviation. His first business was as a mobile home dealer, and his company, Jacob Mobile Homes, grew to be the top mobile home sales company in the Midwest. Although he loved St. Louis, he was drawn to warmer weather, so he moved his family to Venice, Florida. Once in Venice, he started an aviation company, which he ran for several years out of Venice Airport. Later, he created an aviation magazine before retiring.
Coy was a larger than life personality who lived a long, exciting and full life in his 71 years. He told this story often, with pride: As a little boy, he made a wish on his 10th birthday for three things: to be six feet tall, to be a pilot and to drive a corvette. He accomplished all of those things, and reminded his family often that his wishes came true. He couldn’t have known as a 10-year-old, but in addition to becoming an accomplished and record-holding pilot, his true pride was the five wonderful children that he went on to have. He cherished them, and would beam with pride telling anyone who would listen about them.
Coy came a long way from his humble beginnings as a young boy growing up in Ellisville, MO. He was a flight instructor in college, studied hard and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. Years later, he was invited back to give the commencement speech, which he was so proud of. It was at Southeast Missouri State University that he made many lifelong friends and met Renauta, who would become his wife of 20 years and the mother of four of his adult children. Years later, he met and married Joan, a fellow pilot and they were married for 18 years, and had a son, who now attends the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Even after moving to Venice, Florida where he could drive his boat year-round, Coy kept two houses in Missouri to return back to – one just outside of St. Louis and one in Lake of the Ozarks, where he grew up going as a boy. Coy passed on his love of Lake of the Ozarks to his children, and each Summer he would fly his family from Venice to the Lake in his Mooney. Coy used to brag to friends that his twin girls didn’t even know there were roads from Florida to Missouri until they got in elementary school. Coy was most at peace during those Summers at Lake of the Ozarks, inviting family and friends to come visit, exploring the lakes by boat, jet skis, and being surrounded by those he loved.
Coy loved anything with wheels or a propeller that went fast: Triumph and Harley motorcycles, boats, jet skis, Mooney airplanes and cars, specifically corvettes. He not only loved speed, but wanted to help others achieve the exhilarating feeling of flying at top speeds. Coy was the subject of numerous aviation magazine articles for pioneering speed modifications for Mooney Aircraft. He was also incredibly proud to hold the Standardized Type Certificate (STC) for a number of speed modifications for Mooneys, which is similar to a patent for modifying an aircraft to perform a certain function. His passion for being a pilot and aviation led him to own different aviation businesses over the years.
Coy was also a gifted and established writer. He was an investigative journalist and staff writer for Aviation Consumer magazine, and a regular contributor to his own magazine, MOA Pilot, which he published for a time. He was also featured on the cover of Air Progress magazine flying in his beloved Mooney.
Coy was a long-time member of the Sertoma Club of Venice, which he enjoyed attending weekly meetings and socializing with fellow members. He found love again later in life with his fiancée Lynda. Like Coy, Lynda is a pilot, and they shared many of the same passions and interests such as flying, riding motorcycles and more.
Memorial donations can be made to the Sertoma Club of Venice.
Friends can gather on Saturday, September 14th from 4-5 pm at Farley Funeral Home in Venice. A memorial service will begin at 5 pm
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm