I have long admired Steve Jobs from afar; I might have been near the Cupertino campus of Apple once upon a time, but I really don't remember. At any rate I never met the man, though I have met engineers from Apple in a professional setting a few times.
Jobs epitomized why a lot of us went into electrical engineering at the time - though to be honest, not really me. Instead, I was fascinated by math. But what he did do is show the potential of an American company to create things people wanted to buy the world over. He showed that products could be produced by an American company - one even led (at the time at least) by a famously egotistical and dictatorial man. But his products were just right.
I still have my Mac SE-30. I did my entire doctoral thesis on it. It had 5MB of RAM; yes you read that right.
Apple's iPhones use some of my inventions; so the admiration is not entirely one-sided here. Then again, they pretty much have to, because all 3G phones use one or two or several of my inventions.
But there's one other thing Jobs was a part of which he should be honored for: Jobs promulgated an ethic of continuous perfection in the products he produces, much in the same way as the Japanese introduced 改善処理 (kaizenshori) - process improvement - as a continuing feature of their product development and manufacture. It's - to use the cliche - all very Zen; just like your Zen practice can always be improvement what and how you do your job can always be improved. Despite the (apparently slightly tamed in his later years) legendary arrogance of the early Jobs - he once fired somebody in his NeXT computer project because the industrial design was hundredths of an inch off or some such thing - he was humble enough to seek continuous improvement. He was a demanding guy to work for though; and I had to slightly reword the bits in parentheses above, since I remember the situation of "Mobile Me" and its morphing into "iCloud."
I could say he'll be missed by me, but I never knew him, and most of those things for which I admire him which I try to cultivate in myself aren't really the result of him.. My own personal 改善処理 isn't the result of Jobs influence, though I was happy to see a successful man who embodied its practice. But I will say this: Jobs presence made me better appreciate good industrial design. Apple's products have good industrial design, in that they marry form and function quite elegantly which is why they have spawned so much imitation.
Well, I have a lot of 改善処理 to practice today; I'm running late already.