James Curtis Evans

James Curtis Evans of Lipan passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Memorial service: Pending. Call 254-646-2152 for service details. Curtis donated his body to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Memorials: In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Association of Engineering Geologist student fund in memory of Curtis. Curtis was born in Mounds, Okla., to Bill and Bertha Gardner Evans. The family moved to Handley, Texas, when Curtis was a very young child, and Handley was hometown to Curtis. He joined the U.S. Navy at an early age at the tail end of World War II, flying from Algeria to Greece. He had gone to TCU for his geology degree and then worked in an oil field for a while. He was hired on with the SCS in the 1950s and worked on investigating flood control sites during the heyday of the watershed program in Texas. He had taken an early retirement in 1980, but had continued to work as a contractor on geologic investigations in Texas and other states. He had worked part time for the NRCS in Texas in the 1990s and as a rehired annuitant from around 2000 to 2008. Curtis loved to hunt and fish with friends and to travel. He was a Master Mason at Handley Grand Lodge of Texas, a member of the American Legion #491 of Granbury and the VFW #7835 of Granbury. He was preceded in death by both parents; stepfather, Roy Evans; brothers, Gene Evans and William Evans; sister, Marian McGrath; aunt, Myrtle Gulleson; and son-in-law, Talmage Sadler. Survivors: Wife, Helen Evans of Lipan; daughter, Linda Sadler of Bedford; grandson, Casey Puckett of Dallas; granddaughter, Chelsey Winn and her husband, Wes, of Falls Church, Va.; great-granddaughter, Gracyn Winn of Falls Church, Va.; stepsons, Dwayne Luna and Wesley Luna of Granbury; stepgrandson, Toby Luna of Granbury; niece, Betty Johnson of Lakewood, Colo.; nephew, Don Hinton of Clarendon; close friends, Bill Welch and Buddy Taylor; and a large extended family who will miss him dearly.

Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 3, 2013