Jake grew up in Justice, Man., graduated in Gretna, Man., and attended teachers’ college in Winnipeg. He earned a BA in 1974, and began teaching in Friedensruh, Man., in 1950. After 3 years in Wingham, Man., Jake went to Brooke School, Rivers Camp, Man., 1954–71. He was a principal in Brookdale, Man., 1971–83. He spent many summers as a crop inspector and insurance adjustor. Jake farmed near Justice until 2006. He endured years of kidney dialysis. Jake enjoyed singing, reading, doing crosswords, playing games, and travelling across North America.