Inventor of Jet Ski, Clayton Jacobson II, has passed away at 88

Inventor Clayton Jacobson II is credited with introducing the jet ski as his stand-up personal watercraft that went on to evolve into the modern jet ski.

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What Caused the Death of Clayton Jacobson II?

Clayton Jacobson II passed away in Byron Bay, New South Wales, on August 18, 2022, at the age of 88. He died in his house.

The cause of his death was pneumonia, a side effect of his treatment for severe skin cancer, according to his grandson, who made the announcement public. For his work on Gerald Wiegert’s initiatives, particularly Vector Motors, Jacobson was well recognized.

He also developed a love for flying and traveled the globe in his Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibian. He was cremated as part of what he believed to be a Viking funeral.

Clayton Jacobson II Age, Family, and Early Life

Clayton Jacobson II was born on October 12, 1933, in Portland, Oregon, USA. He was 88 years old at the time of his death. He was conceived by Sarah Fauntelle Shrock and Clayton Jacobson. By the early 1930s, the majority of his family had relocated to the American West Coast from Northfield, Minnesota, where they had first arrived from Norway.

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By the middle of the 1940s, Jacobson, his parents, and his sister Carmen had traveled to Southern California, which they referred to as the promised land. Due to the fact that his personal life is not extensively discussed on his Wikipedia page, we are unable to provide you with any current information about his life. Once we learn more about him, we will update whatever is relevant to him.

Clayton Jacobson II, What was his profession?

Jacobson joined the Marine Corps Reserve (Air Corps) in an effort to work closely with the jets at Los Alamitos Army Airfield (as well as to learn sketching and jet engine technology) because he had a deep curiosity about airplane seats and flying as a child. After working briefly in the wholesale food industry, Jacobson started working as a banker at his savings and loan.

By the middle of the 1960s, Jacobson had left his job in finance and was working full-time on the development of his jet ski idea. By 1965, the initial prototype was operational. Bombardier Recreational Products, then largely a snow-mobile company, became interested in a second prototype that was completed in 1966. That led to Jacobson’s being granted a license. Before 1971, when Jacobson entered into an exclusive deal to license his patents and work on the stand-up models to Kawasaki, he was prohibited from doing so by his contract with Bombardier.

Jacobson was now working on his seventh stand-up prototype. He signed a ten-year agreement in 1986 to serve as a consultant for Yamaha Motor Company’s line of watercraft. Jacobson released an autobiography in 2013.

Which school and college did he go to?

He attended Manual Arts High School and Los Angeles City College, he studied engineering and physics.

Clayton Jacobson II Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The net worth of this person is currently unclear due to the lack of publicly accessible personal information.

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Several online sites claim varying amounts of his net worth, leading us to believe that he had an average net worth of $1 to $5 million.

Clayton Jacobson II  Wife, What about his relationship?

He was a married man and he was married to his wife named Edwards with whom he shares four children but their marriage ended up in divorce due to which he later married Lee Anne McMillan with whom he was married till his death.

However, he has no children from his second marriage.

Was he available on any social media platforms?

We did not find him on other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we assume he might not be available on it or might be available with a different username.

We will update this section if we get any lead in the future regarding his social media presence on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or any other platforms.

Physical Appearance of Clayton Jacobson II’s Height, Weight

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Hair ColourSalt and pepper
Eye ColourHazel
Body typeFit
Sexual OrientationStraight

Interesting facts about Clayton Jacobson II’s should be known

Zodiac SignN / A
Net Worth$1 to $5 million
Single/ In a relationship/Married/DivorcedMarried
Current SpouseLee Anne McMillan