Michael R. Evanger

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Michael R. Evanger was born in Port Angeles and passed away September 27, 2013, at Franciscan Hospice, University Place, at the age of 61.

Michael was a friend to many, always ready to reach out to help those in need, and freely shared his skills and knowledge. He will be greatly missed by those he touched and loved.

Michael is survived by his wife of 34 years, Caroline of Suquamish, Washington; his parents, Robert and Virginia Evanger, both of Bothell Washington; daughter Christina Duquette of Sterling, Virginia; son and daughter-in-law David and Nicole Evanger, both of Hayes, Virginia; and grandchildren Ethan and Kaylee, both of Hayes.

Michael is also survived by three brothers, Bert, Eric and Mark; one sister, Anna; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Utah and Colorado.

Michael began his schooling in Port Angeles, moving with his family to Bothell, where he graduated from Bothell High School in 1970. Returning to Port Angeles, Michael studied architectural drafting at Peninsula College.

His lifelong love of the outdoors blossomed during this time as Michael spent his free time hiking and climbing in Olympic National Park or dirt biking in the forests above his home in Port Angeles.

Michael worked as a master finish carpenter from Everett to Tacoma, Gig Harbor to Port Angeles, leaving a legacy of beautiful homes, houseboats, condominiums and many commercial projects in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bremerton, Washington.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Michael was honorably discharged in 1975 with the rank of corporal.

Michael enjoyed wood carving, fly fishing, photography, kayaking, sailing and hiking/snowshoeing throughout Washington. He was a member of the Friends of Point No Point Lighthouse and the Kitsap Audubon Society.

He was awarded for his wood carvings in the Kitsap County Woodcarvers' annual shows.

A burial is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013, at 1 p.m., with honors, at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, Washington.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in Michael's name to Make-a-Wish, Alaska & Washington, 811 First Avenue, Suite 520, Seattle, WA 98104 (800-304-9476).
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 30, 2013
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