Each year in partnership with the Utah Commission on Volunteers, the Volunteer Centers of Utah present a Silver Bowl Award to one outstanding volunteer from each of Utah’s 29 counties. A tradition that dates back to 1979, each recipient is presented with engraved silver bowls, hence the name “Silver Bowl Award.” This award honors individuals and groups who enrich the lives of others through dedicated volunteer service. The 2013 Silver Bowl Award winner for Kane County is John Jacobs. The award was presented to him on April 16 by Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.

John has volunteered for the annual Symphony of the Canyons Christmas Dinner/Festival raising $18,000 for the symphony and high school music program, Western Legends, Youth Symphony Halloween Carnival, Toys for Tots providing Christmas for over 300 children in Utah and Arizona, Kanab High School Jr. Prom, and Fredonia High School Jr. Prom. He is often the guy who does the heavy lifting; building props, scenery, stages and moving the heavy items like chairs and tables for large events. John also works with the local scouting program, American Legion, and even went on a building trip to Mexico in 2009 to help impoverished people.

John who grew up in Kanab, Utah and its bordering community Fredonia, Arizona, is a talented carpenter and mechanic. In his spare time, he loves to go ‘jeeping,’ and many weekends you can find him with his friends competing in rock crawling competitions all over Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California.

He loves spending time with his wife, Naomi, of 12 years and their six children, three boys and three girls. Naomi said, “John is a very active person. He always has to be doing something. He is a great example to our kids and others in the community by encouraging them to be involved. He doesn’t do things to be recognized. He does it just simply for the love of volunteering.”

John has been an active volunteer with the Kane County Volunteer center for six years. His family, peers, local leadership and John himself hope that he is a volunteer for many years.