Jacob Michael Bantley, age 41, of La Crosse, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021. Jacob was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Mark Bantley and Susan (Ames) Arroyo on September 29, 1979. He grew up on French Island and graduated from Logan High School in 1998. Jacob’s passion was traveling. He traveled to Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, South America and Jamaica. Jacob worked in the resort industry in Coopers Landing, Alaska and Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite National Park. He made many good friends across the country and kept in touch with them after moving back to La Crosse. Jacob was also a music fan and followed the band ‘Phish’, attending many of their concerts with his cousins.
Jacob is survived by his mother and stepfather, Susan and Gregory Arroyo, his sister, Caitlyn Arroyo (Dylan Clipper), brother Eric (Julie) Arroyo, and brother, Tyler Bantley (Kaia Rose), nephews Ayden, Alex and Owen and niece Fenix. Jacob is further survived by his grandparents, Roy and Carol Bantley, his uncles, Kirk Bantley and Eric (Becky) Bantley, aunts, Lynn Bantley, Christine (Tim) Ward and Sara (Joel) Miller and numerous cousins. He had a special bond with his cousin, Jesse Valentine, they were more like brothers than cousins.
Jacob is preceded in death by his father, Mark Bantley, and his grandparents, Marilyn Van Wyk and Robert Ames.
A Celebration of Life for family will be held at Coulee Region Cremation Group on Monday, January 18, 2021.
Jacob willl be greatly missed and forever loved.