Jacob Michael Cottle

Jacob Michael Cottle

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Jacob Michael Cottle peacefully returned home to his Heavenly Father on June 24, 2020, surrounded by his family. Jacob was a friend to all who knew him. He was known for his kindness, willingness to help, friendliness, fun personality and a smile that lit up the room. Jacob was the first born to Michael and Jennifer Cottle. He was his dad’s “pal”. From the time he was born, Jacob went everywhere with his dad. For his mother, he was the light of her life, and he would call her often just to visit. To his four siblings he was a friend, protector, mentor, and example. Brielle was his best friend and the love of his life. He was loyal to and loved all of his family and friends, always thinking of and remembering others.

Jacob lived life to its fullest, never holding back. He was always planning his next big adventure. He loved being outdoors - hiking, 4-wheeling, hammocking, camping, riding horses, and fishing. Jacob was involved in many extracurricular activities throughout his life, including receiving his Eagle Scout. He loved all sports especially basketball, baseball, cross country, and track. Jacob was a hard worker and had an inner strength to finish strong in every race, an attitude that carried over into everything he did.

Jacob was a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. He quietly went about ministering to others. Jacob made efforts to reach out to all people and made friends in every aspect of his life. He looked forward to and was honored to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arcadia, California. He influenced the lives of many for good. He was known for his leadership, obedience, and outgoing and fun personality. His ministering in the church continued after his full-time service. Following his mission, Jacob studied Civil Engineering at Brigham Young University.

Jacob was preceded in death by his grandfather Myrlon Bentley Abegg and is survived by his parents, Michael and Jennifer, and his siblings, Loryn, Joseph, Benjamin, and Zachary. Jacob is blessed to be a part of a large family, who all loved him very much. Words cannot adequately express how much he will be deeply missed by everyone.

A public viewing will be held Wednesday, July 1, from 6-8 pm at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah. There will be a second viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Funeral Home prior to the funeral. Jacob’s funeral will be held Thursday, July 2, at 11:00 am. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 762 East 1200 North, Orem, Utah. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the funeral will be limited to family, by invitation only. However, it will be live streamed on the website. Following the funeral there will be a graveside service open to the public at 12:30 pm at the Orem Cemetery.

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    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 12:30pm
    Orem City Cemetery
    1520 North 800 East
    Orem, Utah 84097
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Tamera Trunnell

Posted at 03:13pm
Jacob was one of my webloe scouts. When we would do the physical fitness merritt badge requirements, he was my favorite scout. Jacob was competitive, he kept going until he beat everyone. He and Jake Davis would keep out doing each other until finally I just had to stop them because we were way overtime. He was always fun to have around and to teach. I am sure he is going to be missed deeply. But he will be setting new records in Heaven.

Rosie Raven

Posted at 06:53pm
We had the privilege of being neighbors with the Cottle family for 10 years before they moved to Maryland. They are such an amazing family! They inspire us to want to be better! ❤️

I had the privilege of being Jacob’s Primary teacher at church. I was impressed with his sincere answers and polite nature. He was kind and thoughtful towards others around him in class! He would often thank us for our lessons and activities! He had a contagious smile that he shared generously! ❤️

Our son, Kyle loved being in Young Men’s with Jake. He was two years older than Kyle and he always looked up to him! Kyle liked playing sports with Jake because he was a great sport and treated others with respect. He also liked being on the same team with Jake because of his speed and natural athleticism!!

Jacob will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to the Cottle family! We love you and continue to pray for your family!! ❤️
EJ, Rosie, Kyle, Mckinley, Braxton, Blake and Caleb Raven

Lala Ociujuy

Posted at 06:52pm
We will miss you Jacob. We enjoyed your company and the gospel messages you have shared with us in your stay in our ward. We know Heavenly Father is glad to have you back helping out with the gospel. We love you. - Lorelie & Frank- Glendale 8th

Coach James Douglas

Posted at 03:23pm
Jacob impacted lives across the country. I first met Jacob as the Coach of his basketball team he was very kind and polite and ended every practice with "Thank you Coach". It always amazed me no matter how hard of a day it was he never left without a hand shake and Thank you. Then I coached Lauren and Joe, I soon realized this is just the Cottle way. They are one of the kindest most authentic familes you will ever meet. Jake was great young man and I am honored to have had the chance to both coach and learn from him.

Coach Doug

Gerry Behm

Posted at 11:51am
I was serving in the bishopric when the Cottle family moved into White Plains Ward. Not too long thereafter I was alone shoveling snow from the chapel sidewalks one Saturday morning when Jake and other young men entered the building to play basketball. A few minutes later Jake, but no one else, exited the building with a snow shovel and, unasked, proceeded to help me finish.
I knew at that moment that Jake was different.
Years later as Jake was looking for work while preparing to serve his mission I offered him a job splitting some firewood. I carefully explained the diameter size I wanted to facilitate a long burning time in my woodstove. He loved doing the work and kept splitting and splitting and splitting until the wood pile was reduced almost to kindling. He was so proud of his work, he stacked it all up and took a picture to show his family. I didn’t have the heart to comment on the kindling size wood. I thanked him very much for his good work and paid him. He put the money in his pocket without counting it. An hour later he called to inform me that he couldn’t accept the money I gave him because it was too much for the work he did. I informed him why I had been so generous and told him not to worry about it. He insisted on giving some back, I insisted that he keep it. We went round and round for a while, finally I won, he kept it and we were both happy.
Jake was different.
I have no doubt that Jake is doing fine right now busily continuing to serve his Heavenly Father and The Savior although probably distressed a bit at all the sorrow his untimely departure is causing. Sorry Jake, it is just that we love and miss you – I sure do.

Brother Gerry Behm

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