Michael O'Malley Evans
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Michael was born on December 27, 1942 in Phoenix, Az to William A. and Margurete "Muggs" Evans. He lived through the changes of seeing small town Phoenix when the city limits ended at Indian School Road, grow into the expansive metropolitan area of today. He enjoyed fishing at Encanto Park and spent many happy summers in Lakeside, Az. He graduated from North High in 1961, Served in the Air force from 1964 to 1968 as a radar operator. He was stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland and West Mesa Air Force Station of Albuquerque, NM. After leaving the Air Force he graduated from Northern Arizona University. He and his wife, Mary Lou lived in Flagstaff until they retired to The Verde Valley in 2006. He had a great love for aircraft and antique cars, and was an expert on WWII Aircraft and Corvettes. He enjoyed and survived many adventurous fly fishing trips throughout the West, and was an avid gardener. He had a kind and gentle demeanor, was a loving husband and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary Lou Kantz Evans; a niece, Leslie Hanson and her husband Don and their children, Sean, Maggie and Lizzie of Phoenix; nephews, Brian Mariscal and his wife Karen and their children, Billy, Ricky and Michael of Wellesley, MA; George Edward "Ted" Mariscal and his wife Maureen of Chandler and her children Molly and Joe Meyer. He is also survived by his long time friends, Jim Beauchamp, Bob and Marlyne Jones, Bill and Kim Reid, Jake and Molly Roberts and Virgil Shute. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, William A. Evans, Jr., his nephew William "Will" A. Evans lll, and his sister, Patsy Mariscal. In the last 6 months of his life, while he
was battling cancer, he spent many happy hours with family and friends re-visiting his family history and his "mis-spent" youth. Contributions to
in lieu of flowers. No Services are planned
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 3, 2013