Carol Jacobson's unfortunate death July 29, 2009, while on a float trip through the Canyon of Lodore on the Green River marks the passing of a truly remarkable person and valued community member who gave generously and unselfishly of her time and energy.
She was 54 years old and in the midst of a full and productive life.
She was born Carol Valera Wyman to Lou and Loita Wyman on Dec. 13, 1954, at Fort Carson Hospital in Colorado Springs, and grew up primarily in Routt and Moffat counties.
She began her education in a one-room school in the Williams Fork River Valley, near the family ranch. Carol also attended elementary schools in Craig and Palo Alto, Calif.
She graduated in 1972 from Hayden High School, where she was a popular student and cheerleader.
In 1977, Carol earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and in 1982 earned a certificate in community service development from Metropolitan State College in Denver. Her unquenchable thirst for knowledge and academic achievement ultimately led her to a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Metropolitan State in 1987 and another bachelor's degree in English, also from Metro State in 2002.
During her years in Denver, Carol had various jobs as a research assistant, project coordinator, auditor and substitute teacher. Notably, she was at the Cleo Wallace Center, working as a research analyst.
Carol's literary interests led her to a volunteer role at West Side Books in north Denver, where she soon became an invaluable employee. She also worked briefly at the Tattered Cover bookstore in Cherry Creek.
In 1979, Carol married Art Jacobson, and their union produced three sons, Aaron, Adam and Isaac. The boys brought great joy and fulfillment to her and her magnificent spirit is alive in them today.
After Carol and Art's marriage ended, and their children were grown, Carol returned to Northwest Colorado in 2003. She went to work for the Moffat County Morning News as a reporter and photographer. She was also the newspaper's editor for a brief time.
In early 2006, Carol's love of books resulted in her opening a bookstore in the rear of the building that houses Serendipity Coffee Shop. In the fall of that year, as the business grew and became more successful, the store was moved to its current storefront location and became Downtown Books.
Carol and Terry Carwile met shortly after she opened the bookstore in Serendipity. They fell deeply in love and were subsequently married in the early 2007. Her marriage to Terry was one of the happiest and most satisfying periods in her life, and it enabled her to expand into other areas of interest.
She became an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Northwestern Community College, where she taught English composition and creative writing. She also taught memoir classes and helped organize historical tours of Northwest Colorado under the auspices of CNCC and with the assistance of her father, Lou Wyman, who is also an adjunct faculty member.
Carol was an inspiration to young and old and worked tirelessly to help people develop the skills to express themselves with the written word. She was especially fond of poetry and her poetry classes were always well attended. Poetry readings at her bookstore were very popular events.
Carol was a passionate supporter of the arts and an enthusiastic promoter of literacy.
Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. She received many awards and much of her work has been published. She took particular pride in having been chosen as a "Colorado Voices" columnist by the Denver Post in 2004.
Carol's early life as a member of a ranching family instilled in her a connection to the land and the soil. Her mother, Loita, passed along knowledge, wisdom and a love of gardening and natural beauty. Her mom also introduced her to recycling and energy conservation.
Besides creative gardening, Carol was an active member of her church and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ladies Auxiliary. She was also president of the local historical group, "Preserving the Last Frontier" and was recently appointed to serve on the Moffat County Fair Board. Carol was the driving force in the organization of the Farmer's Market that meets weekly in downtown Craig.
Her boundless energy and creativity is expressed in the innumerable art and craft projects she offered freely to friends and family.
Carol is survived by her husband Terry Carwile, of Craig; parents Lou (Paula) Wyman, of Craig, and Loita Mauer, of Hayden; sons Aaron Jacobson, of Los Angeles, Adam (Rebecca) Jacobson, of Denver, and Isaac Jacobson, of Craig; brothers Arthur (Beth) Wyman, of Durango, Thomas (Nadia) Wyman, of Albuquerque, N.M., and David Wyman, of Craig. Surviving extended family members include Louis Wyman, of Denver, Arnold (Jeannette) Sanborn, of Utah, Kim Sanborn, of Craig, Frank (Susan) Sanborn ,of Craig, Guy Sanborn, of Denver, Georgiann (Kelley) Sanborn, of Utah, grandmother Esther Pearl Mauer (age 103) of Evergreen, former husband Art (Suez) Jacobson, of Denver, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and Charles Dickens, who she often referred to as "the cat who bites."