February 24, 1979

December 4, 2013

Jacob was raised on the beautiful South Fork Indian Reservation Western Shoshone located at the base of the Ruby Mountains among family and friends. He attended grammar schools in Elko, Nevada, high school at Spring Creek High School, and college at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.

Jacob was an athlete, excelling at baseball and football. He received many awards for his football ability, including as a senior in high school being named: Spring Creek High School -1997 Football offensive player MVP, Division 1st team Wide Receiver and Defensive Back, All State 1st team Wide Receiver and 2nd team Defensive Back. Jacob was honored by being asked to play in the Seratoma Classic in Reno and also played in Australia in the Down Under Bowl with players from Nevada and Hawaii. Jacob attended Hartnell College in Salinas, California, where he played football. He also played in the adult softball and volleyball leagues in Elko. He will be missed greatly by his softball teammates.

Jacob began his career with the South Fork environmental department approximately 12 years ago. He worked closely with the Region 9 EPA Department out of San Francisco. He became knowledgeable of Shoshone native species and medicinal plants. Jacob was employed as the Clean Water Specialist for the South Fork Band Council EPA program and became interested in riparian areas. He was asked to speak on riparian issues at different EPA workshops including his first one in Minnesota. Jacob’s last project was developing a livestock and wildlife waterer in the Chimney Creek area using one of the South Fork Indian Reservation's many natural spring waters. He loved his work and tried to make our reservation a better place for all of us. Jacob’s involvement in the EPA programs created lifelong friendships with the people he worked with who shared the same interests. Special friends were Region 9 EPA specialist Bob Hall who helped and encouraged Jake to try different EPA projects and John Fields who worked with Jake on monitoring the American Beauty mine in the Ruby Mountains - Long Canyon by hiking, horseback riding, and helicoptering into the canyon to take water samples for the Bureau of Reclamation.

Jacob is survived by his grandmother Edna Tybo, mother Alice Tybo, brother Thomas Moore, sister Cisca Moore Newell, brother in-law Erik Newell, sister Jennifer O’Dell, niece Riley Newell, Aunts and Uncles: Melva and Duane Garcia, Tanya and Harley Reynolds, Jim and Dallas Smales, Gerald Temoke, Neil Tybo, Eric and Clorinda Tybo. Cousins: Duane, Jen, Marcus, Peyton, Micheal, and Dana Garcia; Tyler and Easton Reynolds; Brandon, Toryn and Preston Reynolds; Nocona Smales Hassett and Jessie Smales; William, Summer, and little William Temoke; Jill, Kaden, Alise and Emma Temoke; Rayfield Dick, Joe Jim; Chris, Sunshine and Gilbert Jr. Mose. Special friends; Thomas Slater, Tyson Boulette, Ryan Honea, Josh Botteri, coach Greg Reeder, Nick LaPalm, Kirk Malotte and Richard Jones. Many other relatives and friends too numerous to name.

Jacob is preceded in death by Great-Great-Grandparents Jim and Minnie (Wilson) Tybo; Great-Grandparents Owen and Hattie (Hooper) Tybo, Josephine (Knight) Dave and Jimmie Dave; Grandfather Leonard “Donny” Tybo; Uncles Bo and Ivan Dick, Norman and David Tybo.

Jacob lived a wonderful life with its many ups and downs. The up’s far outweighed the downs. He will be missed by his family, extended family, co-workers, and his community, but we know that his new journey has just begun.

Jacob was honored with graveside services December 10, 2013 by friend Tom Miller, Shoshone prayer by Gordon “Greek” Healy, prayer by Cherry Knight and a song by Debbie Honeyestewa.

Memorial services December 13, 2013, were in the Shoshone language by Elwood Mose, Shoshone Prayers by Gordon “Greek” Healy, a traditional Shoshone honor song by Jeramiah Jones and friends, music by Debbie Honeyestewa. The services were followed by a traditional meal coordinated by Jacob’s co-workers, LaVonne Tom, Suzie Mike, Keren Saxton, Virgil Townsend, Cecilia Bill, Jody Reynolds, John Lynch, Cherry Knight and Debbie Honeyestewa.

Thank you for the visits, cards, flowers, the kind words, and attendance at the services. Special thanks to the Te-Moak Tribe Western Shoshone Council and Staff, Te-Moak Housing and Staff and to the South Fork Band Council and Staff for your concern, help, and understanding.

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Prayers to the family. A senseless tragedy and something that makes no sense at all. Teresa Yeager

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