It began for Keith Jacobs with picking out the perfect Christmas tree as a child, and grew to selling his marketing company to start a tree growing business.
Jacobs had tree farms in Shoreview, Anoka, and Sunrise, Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune. "He was an inspiration," said Pat Olive, vice president of the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association. "He was extremely respected by both Minnesota and national tree growers, and was a mentor to many of them."
Family members said that he presented the Christmas tree for the Blue Room at the White House for First Lady Hilary Clinton.
Jacob was born in Rib Lake, Wisc. according to the Star Tribune. He attended the University of Minnesota and majored in business administration. He also served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy.
He was survived by his wife Hilda, and his sister Bonnie Rasch. According to the Star Tribune, services have been held.