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.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.