Jane Evans Thoms
Long time Bay Area resident JANE EVANS THOMS passed away December 7, 2012. Jane grew up in Berkeley and was the eldest daughter of legendary University of California baseball coach, Clint Evans and his wife, Teddie; beloved sister of John Evans, San Luis Obispo and Clinton W. Evans, Jr. (deceased); beloved mother to Timothy Thoms, Michigan City, IN, Laurie Thoms, Los Angeles, and Jeffrey Thoms, Oshkosh, WI; as well as loving grandmother to Wendy, Heather, Adrienne, Joshua, and great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Max.
Born in Twin Falls, ID, Jane attended the Anna Head School (Class of '38), and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at Cal, graduating in 1942. She married Donald H. Thoms in 1946, obtained her teaching license, and moved her family to Petaluma, CA, teaching in the surrounding area. In 1967, her family moved to Brownsburg, IN where she obtained a Master's degree in Education from Indiana University and taught elementary at Brownsburg schools for many years. Upon retirement she moved to Oakland to care for her mother, and also served as Treasurer and advisor for the Alpha Delta Pi sorority for several years. She lived in Walnut Creek until her health declined, then moved to Burbank to be closer to her daughter, where she passed away from natural causes one month shy of her 93rd birthday.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on March 30, 2013 at Sunset Mausoleum, El Cerrito, CA and is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cal Baseball Foundation (http://calbaseballfoundation.org) to improve the facilities at Evans Diamond, named after her father, who served as Bears' head coach (1930-54), leading the Bears to their first-ever College World Series title in 1947. Jane attended that championship series in Omaha, and also spent many sunny (and not so sunny) afternoons on Evans Diamond rooting for the Bears over her long life. GO BEARS!