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C. Merrill Evans


1932 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
C. Merrill Evans Obituary
C. Merrill Evans peacefully passed away at his home on February 21, 2016 in Blackfoot, Idaho. He was born on March 23, 1932 to John O. Evans and Gladys Christensen Evans in Downey, Idaho. He was the oldest of eleven children and attended school in Malad and Downey, Idaho. He was raised on a farm and loved playing sports. He also grew up on opposite ends of Marsh Valley from Gena Lee Burrup. Merrill developed an early fondness for her. In high school, they dated and eventually married in the Salt Lake City Temple on October 12, 1951.
Merrill and Gena Lee started their family in Clearfield, Utah where Douglas M. was born. It was here that Merrill began his career in the lumber business. They briefly lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho where Kurt B. was born and Merrill became employed by Boise Cascade. Ultimately, they settled in Ashton, Idaho where Diane, Michael L., and Karen Lee joined the family. After several years of working for Boise Cascade, Merrill and partner, Morgan Reynolds, purchased the business and named it the Ashton Building Center.
In Ashton, Merrill was an active community builder. He was especially involved in youth programs, such as Little League, scouting, and high school athletics. He was the inspiration behind and driving force of the construction of the Ashton Swimming Pool. Most summer evenings, he could be found at Rattlesnake Cove on the Snake River offering water skiing excursions to kids.
In 1979, Merrill and Gena Lee moved to Blackfoot where he lived out his life. He worked for the Farmer's Home Administration. He also loved Blackfoot, especially his friend and neighbors of the Blackfoot 4th Ward.
Merrill believed in and lived the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He faithfully served in his church as a home teacher and many other callings. In 2000 to 2002, Merrill and Gena Lee served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Historic Liberty Jail in Missouri.
Merrill was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Glade, Carolyn, Norman, and Lucille. He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Shaun Critchfield, and two great grandsons, Jonathon and Jacob Evans.  
Merrill is survived by Gena Lee and children; Doug (Vicki) of Farmington, Utah, Kurt of Willard Utah, Diane Spackman (Gary) of Eagle, Idaho, Mike (Nancy) of Rigby, Idaho, and Karen Critchfield (Shaun – deceased) of Oakley, Idaho. Also, living are other siblings; Larry (Karen), Dean (Mary), Jack, Judy Teuscher (Reed), Sam, and Kathy Garner (Wayne); 28 grandchildren (many of their spouses ) and great grandchildren. At present, grandson Elder Brett Merrill Spackman is serving a mission in Japan, Tokyo South.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Blackfoot 4th Ward, 520 North Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Downey Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 25, 2016
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