October 11, 1982

Jacob Andrew Nelson was born on October 11, 1982.

  • Jacob Nelson & Shawn Nelson

  • Stephanie Nelson & Jacob Nelson

    Stephanie Nelson & Jacob Nelson

May 2002

In May 2002, Jacob spoke to 200 young people and told them that there will be fences that we all will run into in this life; however, if we don’t give up we can have the ability to get through any trial or tragedy that we will face.

October 22, 2006

Jacob Nelson passed to heaven on October 22, 2006 as a result of a traffic accident. In the 24 years that Jacob was here on earth, his love for people and his family defined who he was as a person.

October 29, 2006

Seven days following this traffic accident, Shawn Nelson, Jacob’s father and Temecula’s City Manager, was scheduled to speak at a fund raising event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda. Although he was reluctant to attend to this pre-scheduled event, he felt God leading him to go. He went and shared with 1,500 people the wonderful story of his daughter, Jennifer, who had been in a nearly fatal traffic accident 10 years earlier, and how his family was able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda, which meant so much to the Nelson family.

Shawn then spoke of the tragedy that had just occurred to their only son Jacob seven days earlier. The entire crowd in unison moaned. After going through both situations, first with Jennifer, where they had a Ronald McDonald House, and then with Jacob, where there was no such facility, Shawn finished by stating we need to build a Ronald McDonald House in Temecula!

Three weeks later, a group of developers and a non-profit foundation began to work to bring a Ronald McDonald House to Temecula as a result of his speech. They soon learned, however, that a Ronald McDonald House could not be built in Temecula because the new hospital would not be a children’s hospital.

December 2006

Days later, in December 2006, plans were revised to build a house that would meet the needs of all age groups and serve the needs of the new hospitals, as well as the two existing hospitals in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley region. It was then proposed to him that the new house be named Jacob’s House, after his beloved son who had such a positive influence on so many young people in our valley.

While it may never be understood why Jacob ran into his final fence at such a young age, Jacob’s message of hope and comfort will reach out to so many families for years to come as they are cared for in Jacob’s House.