After 60 years, Terry gets his Day
ITD was built by incredible employees who have chosen to spend a lifetime working to serve the people of Idaho. For District 5's Terry Jacobsen, it has truly been a lifetime.
On Tuesday, July 24, all of ITD celebrated an amazing feat – 60 years of service. The Governor's Office recognized the monumental achievement, too, officially proclaiming it Terry Jacobsen Day in Idaho.
Dozens of Terry's friends and co-workers celebrated the occassion with him on Tuesday, presenting him with a framed certificate of the proclamation. And although we all couldn't be there with him, we all recognize what a special accomplishment 60 years is — most of us are just hoping for 30 years!
He started with the Special Crews team in 1958, then moved to Construction to perform testing and inspection. His first job was on Interstate 15 between Chubbuck Road and Fort Hall in the late 1950's when the interstate was first constructed. He then joined the D5 Lab in 1984 and has been there ever since.
July 24, 1958 – that's when the clock officially started for Terry. He's the Idaho record holder for state service…and it's really not even close.
ITD holds many of the top ten spots on the list, with the exception being former Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, who had 52 years under his belt when he retired. In addition to Terry's incredible achievement, two other employees from this agency are at or near 50 years or more on the active list – Dianne Schlund in D4 and Mike Ebright in HQ Bridge.
"Although most of us are not there working with him in District 5, we can recognize and appreciate his amazing career, dedication, and accomplishment," wrote Director Brian Ness in an email.
The achievement is so significant that District 5 officially renamed the Concrete Laboratory where he has worked for decades after Terry.