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Pat JaCoby
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Dolores Davies | Crest Road

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At its April 2 meeting, the Del Mar City Council passed a proclamation honoring longtime resident Pat JaCoby for her many years of volunteer service and her significant contributions to the civic life of the Del Mar community.

The City’s proclamation acknowledged Pat’s 20+ years of service on the Parks & Recreation Committee—she just served her last term as chair—praising her high standards for “running a tight, organized and efficient meeting.” Also recognized were her stints on the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission—both of which she chaired— and her recent collaborations with Mayor Worden and City staff on the event planning and communications for the upcoming dedication of Del Mar’s new Civic Center in June.

When Pat retired from UC San Diego a decade ago, after many years of managing community outreach and writing about university life and programs, she said there were three things she wanted to try: zip lining, hang gliding, and giving back to the town in which she’d lived for 40+ years. By now, she’s taken a zip line over a Mexican forest and hang glided over the cliffs at Torrey Pines. She said she’s still working on the third thing, and we should all be most grateful for that.

Those of us who’ve had the good fortune to know and work with Pat (this writer included), have witnessed her generosity when a critical need emerges. From serving on the board of Planned Parenthood and mentoring students at UCSD’s Preuss School, to pitching in to build houses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Pat has always given generously of her time, talent, and money.

Pat’s many passions include journalism, which she studied at the University of Missouri (receiving B.A. and master’s degrees). After putting her craft to work at UPI and a spate of newspapers, Pat and her late husband, Johnny Johnson, a fellow journalist, moved to Del Mar to buy and manage the Del Mar Surfcomber, a popular community paper. The couple raised their two children in Del Mar. Pat was forced to sell the newspaper after Johnson’s death in the early 1960s. She subsequently married San Diego Union editor Al JaCoby (now deceased), with whom she shared a love for journalism, travel, and wine.

Her passion for theater led to her many contributions and years of service on the boards of the San Diego Diego Performing Arts League, the La Jolla Playhouse, and the Playwrights Project. Besides her many years of service on City of Del Mar committees, Pat’s penchant for nurturing community led to her volunteering with Del Mar Community Connections. She continues to serve on the board of DMCC, is a volunteer driver, and hatched the popular Sunday Salons. Pat also assists DMCC with planning, publicizing, and managing numerous events, including the annual gala.

Our hats are off to Pat for all she’s given and continues to do to enhance life in Del Mar and the region.



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