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Tyler Jacobsen

Born: June 21, 1977
Died: June 10, 2019
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee

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Honoring Tyler Jacobsen

Born on June 21, 1977, in Lubbock, Texas,  Tyler Robert Jacobsen peacefully transitioned to a new phase of life on June 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Always a fearless explorer, he is sure to provide an everlasting beacon of light for us to follow until we are with him again.

Tyler was so many things to the countless number of people whose lives were fortunate enough to intersect with the path he blazed through this world.  A devoted son,  brother and a gifted artist, Tyler drew upon his knowledge to spark new connections and inspirations in all of us. The limitless beauty of his mind was surpassed only by the uninhibited generosity of his spirit.  He was endlessly loyal to his family and friends, and so inclusive that as a child he refused his own birthday party to spare the feelings of those not invited.

Tyler is survived by his devoted parents Karen and Doug, his loving brother Tanner, all in Nashville, and his extended family in Texas, California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Greece, Norway and England and a large and diverse group of friends, admirers, and confidants, scattered across the globe. Among many accomplishments, he earned a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He collaborated with artists and musicians around the world,  and taught and worked at many colleges & universities including Marist College, Parsons the New School for Design, Cornish College of Art and currently Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville, TN.  A memorial scholarship has been established at Watkins to honor Tyler’s work in Fine Art/Digital Media. (details below)

Please honor Tyler’s memory by reading just a few tributes we have received:

“He was a North Star to many – providing inspiration, education, encouragement, kindness and a dash of magic to every encounter.  A real thrill to be around. He was in turns a professor, a hacker, a revolutionary, an aficionado, a musician, a dancer, a therapist, and a cheerleader, all while enthusiastically helping us become more than we thought we could be.”

“Always pushing, always moving, always experimenting, learning, and forging ahead with profound inner strength, Tyler was and will forever be a true visionary. One like him we may never cross again, and many others will discover his legacy in time. We are comforted knowing his light won’t ever dim as we carry him in our hearts, as he did for us during his nearly forty-two revolutions around the sun.”
– Kim Schnaubert

“The world will never fully comprehend the glowing star that was tragically extinguished yesterday.  It is with the heaviest heart that I have lost my best friend, comrade, confidant, Medical Records Designer, comedian, and all around unique individual, Tyler Jacobsen… he encouraged me from day one (Medical Records)….

His art career flourished in the early 2000s in NYC with multiple opportunities and a stellar resume……there is a huge hole in my heart, friends.”
– Troy Wadsworth

“Nothing really happened until Tyler got involved…. barely a month after I met him, Tyler sat up with me (UT Austin) in his room till 3 am helping to mix and digitize some of my crappy 4-track recordings, just because I asked him how to do it.  He was generous with his time and enthusiasm…. even though he should have been too busy with his own projects (which, let’s be honest, were on a much higher creative plane) or should have been way to cool to care.”

“I’ve never met someone with a seemingly more innate understanding of, well, everything:  music, films, art, technology, semiotics, and the various intersections of which I never even considered until we met.”

“I hope he had some inkling of the impact he made on us, of just how many people borrowed even an iota of his heart and his energy while he was here.  The world is less interesting without him.”
– Sean O’Neal

“The only thing that can even begin to abate the sting of this loss is gratitude for the enormous part Tyler played in my life.  He broke my world wide open and filled it with an abundance of light, color, sound and love.  He was wildly passionate, earnestly compassionate and unafraid to show it.  He encouraged others unfailingly…. he believed in people and believed that nothing is impossible or out of reach…..”

“He was the most imaginative, perceptive person I have ever known…..at all times brimming with ideas, questions, goals….. he was the definition of charisma… he touched the lives of everyone he met.”
– Elyssa Worley


To celebrate Tyler’s life, our family has gathered privately with the assistance of pastors at Franklin First United Methodist Church, Franklin, TN.   It is our hope that friends and family around the world will celebrate Tyler’s life in their own way with friends who loved him and when we visit you in the future.

Memorial gifts are suggested to:

Tyler Jacobsen Memorial Scholarship in Digital Media at Watkins College of Art

Gifts by mail:  Watkins College of Art, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN, 37228  Online gifts at:  https://www.watkins.edu/support-watkins/make-a-donation/

Request your gift to be  “Restricted to the Tyler Jacobsen Memorial Scholarship in Digital Media”

To leave a note or share a memory with Tyler’s family, please sign the online guestbook.