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Jacob Jeffrey Starck

December 11, 1996 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 25)


Jacob Jeffrey Starck (25) passed away in a car accident on Highway 46 in Deer River, Minnesota on January 7th, 2022. He was born in Brookfield, Wisconsin on December 11th, 1996, and is the first born son to Jeff and Laura Starck.

In Jacob’s early life, his family made Tamarack Lodge on Lake Winnie their new home and family business. The campers and lodge regulars quickly became extended family, and they had a profound impact on Jacob’s life. At the resort, Jacob learned how to have fun and work hard for what he wanted out of life. As a kid, he spent time with his siblings, Tyler and Madeline, sledding, fishing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and engaging in regular tomfoolery, much to their parents' chagrin. While growing up, Jacob spent a lot of time helping his Dad with tasks around the resort and learning all the skills of the trade, from construction to mechanics to interacting with customers.

While school was not his favorite place to be, Jacob did well and made lots of friends and memories. He participated in football and golf, going to state five times over middle and high school for golf. After graduating from Deer River High School in 2015, Jacob continued to work at the resort and, eventually, Blueberry Bowl. He was always willing to help out others with work to make money to fuel his goals and aspirations. In 2018, Jacob committed to taking over the family business, as it was what he had always known he wanted to do. It was what felt right to him.

Jacob was known for his constant sarcasm, edgy humor, and giant heart he shared in his own unique way. He was a hard worker by day, and the life of the party at night, spending endless hours with friends and family. Despite his tight grip on his wallet, Jacob did enjoy traveling. He has taken trips to Jamaica with his family, gone to Hawaii with his brother and their friends, visited and golfed with his best friend in Alaska and Texas, gone to Mexico and the Dominican Republic with friends, and most recently, went skydiving with his girlfriend. From his beginning, Jacob has spent countless hours engaging with his passions: golfing, fishing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, construction, and entertaining friends and family. He has left an undeniable impact on the lives of many that will not be forgotten.

Jacob is survived by his father Jeffrey Starck, his mother Laura Starck, his brother Tyler (Hunter) Starck, sisters Madeline Starck, Andrea Salas (Paul), Sarah Watson (Jason), his girlfriend Cattabrie Johnson, his aunts and uncles Carol Turner (Michael), Jason Turner (Nicole), Tina McCarthy (Brad), Tom McCarthy (June), Dale Beier (Debbie), Jay Christiansen (Jane), Sandy Starck, Jenny Starck, his nieces and nephews Cierra Starck, Cassandra Salas, Michael Salas, Gabriella Salas, Natalja Watson, Myleya Watson, Wesley Watson, and Dixie Starck, as well as many lifelong friends, family, campers, and customers.

Jacob is preceded by his grandparents Steven Turner, Diana Turner, Gordon Starck, and Ivadell Allbritton, and his aunt and uncles Michael Turner, Brad McCarthy, and Debbie Beier.

Jacob’s Celebration of Life will be held at Carroll Funeral Home in Deer River, Minnesota on January 18th, 2022 from 4-6pm. Those in attendance will be free to come and go as they please as there will be no formal service. There will be a reception at Blueberry Bowl in Deer River following the celebration at 6pm.

The Starck family is asking that in lieu of flowers, cash or check donations for the Ed Hermel Foundation: Santa’s Closet, will be accepted at the Celebration of Life or can be sent to the resort at: Starck’s Tamarack Lodge 4314 Winnie Dam LN NE Deer River, MN 56636

The Ed Hermel Foundation helps give toys to children in long-term hospital care. All donations sent to the resort or given at the Celebration of Life will be given to Phil Hermel who heads the foundation.

The Starck family would also like to express their sincerest thanks to those who have reached out with their sympathies and aid in Jacob’s absence.


Celebration of Life
January 18, 2022

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Carroll Funeral Home
14 1st Ave NE
Deer River, MN 56636

January 18, 2022

6:00 PM
Blueberry Bowl, Deer River

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