LIGHT DIMS IN TUCSON: Jacob Mockbee passes away - Tucson News Now

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LIGHT DIMS IN TUCSON: Jacob Mockbee passes away

Jacob Mockbee (Source: Facebook) Jacob Mockbee (Source: Facebook)
Jacob Mockbee with former Miss Arizona Piper Kelly. (Source: Piper Kelly) Jacob Mockbee with former Miss Arizona Piper Kelly. (Source: Piper Kelly)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Jacob Mockbee, the young Tucson man whose bright smile, positive attitude and resiliency touched many in our community over the years, has died.

According to a family friend, Jacob died Wednesday, March 29. He would have turned 20 in June.

Born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, Jacob was never expected to live past his first birthday.

But Jacob was strong-willed and resilient. Despite more than 55 surgeries, he remained in high spirits and was always quick to flash his smile.

Jacob never made it to his 20th birthday, but he impacted so many.

In 2011, Jacob was selected to represent Arizona as a Children's Miracle Network Champion.Through the program, Jacob was able to support fundraising campaigns for hospitals like Tucson Medical Center. He also traveled to Washington, D.C., and shared his story with lawmakers.

KOLD News 13 was there in 2013, when Jacob celebrated his 16th birthday with a very special day.

Jacob's parents Jeff and Stacie asked for a miracle and that's exactly what they got.

The couple hoped to collect 1,600 birthday cards for Jacob's 16th birthday. 

The family put out the call on Facebook and asked the Tucson Police Officers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police for help.

Law enforcement agencies from around the country answered the call and word spread fast on Facebook. Before long, the family's home was overflowing with cards.

The final count? More than 4,600 cards from around the world.

In 2015, Jacob became royalty.

During halftime of a Tanque Verde High School football game, he was crowned homecoming king for his school.

Jacob Mockbee is crowned homecoming king at Tanque Verde in 2015. (Source: Tucson News Now)

No information has been released about the funeral plans.

As news of Jacob's death spread on Facebook, condolences flooded in. 

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