J. Lloyd Jacobs Sr., a 46-year resident of Santa Monica and longtime business owner in the local area who served in World War II and the Korean War, has died. He was 88.

Jacobs was one of nine children born to Eva and Michael Jacobs in Cleveland, Ohio.

An active member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, Jacobs attended the 6:30 a.m. Mass daily until shortly before his death. He was also an active member of St. Anne’s Melkite Church of El Segundo.

Jacobs served with the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club, the Santa Monica Elks, American Legion Post 283, and the Santa Monica YMCA’s “Y’s-Men.”

In 2002, he was instrumental in having St. Monica create a new ministry — The Communion Service in the Absence of a Priest (CSAP) — an authorized rite approved by the Vatican in 1988 which allows trained lay ministers to visit nursing homes and bring a group communion service and bedside Eucharist to persons who are unable to attend Sunday Mass.

Today more than 50 trained lay ministers bring the Gospel and the Eucharist to seven local nursing homes in the Santa Monica area, according to the church.

Jacobs was preceded in death by his son Raymond in 2003 and his wife of 55 years, Lucy, in 2004.

He is survived by his brother, Michael Jacobs, Jr. of Cleveland; his three children’s families — Lloyd (Bud) Jr. and Cathe Jacobs; Edward and Debi Jacobs; and Bill and Barbara Jacobs Ledbetter; grandchildren Erica Jacobs Green, Megan Jacobs Araujo, Jack and Elizabeth Jacobs and Lucy and Aurora Ledbetter; and two great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Miles Green.

A memorial mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 19th at St. Monica Catholic Church, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica 90403. A rosary will be held at the church at 7 p.m. Friday, September 25th.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Monica Catholic Church, earmarked for Holy Cross Sister Parish in Nairobi, Kenya. Burial will be private at Holy Cross Cemetery.