Jimmy Dale Evans, 75, was born Feb. 19, 1938 to Virgil and Eileen Evans in Houston, Texas and went home to his reward on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Anchorage.
Jimmy was an energetic and engaging person who enjoyed life to the fullest, from his earliest years growing up in Flower Bluff, an area in Corpus Christi, Texas all the way through his later years in Kenai.
Jimmy joined the Air Force at a very young age and became an aircraft instrument technician, to serve his country faithfully. Jimmy used to say, "He joined the military because no one was going to tell him what to do."
At age 22 a very good friend brought him to Alaska to become a Welder's Helper at the Swanson River Oil Patch. They drove up the Alcan in May of 1961. With his first paycheck he became an ex-Texan making Alaska his permanent home.
Shortly after arriving in Alaska he met and married his first wife, Bonnie. Together they had two sons, Robert and David. Jimmy joined Local 367 and continued his apprenticeship as a Welder, Pipefitter, working throughout the state from Adak to Prudhoe Bay, to Ketchikan, to Valdez and many outlying villages.
Jimmy met and married his second wife Karen of 40-plus years and together they raised three more children, Debbie, Roger and Mike. Jimmy was always extremely proud of all of his children for the productive young adults they have become.
If you were around Jimmy any length of time, you would hear him, singing, whistling or playing music with a smile on his face.
Jimmy Evans was preceded in death by his son David, his parents Virgil and Eileen, his brothers David and Sonny and his sister Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife Karen, his four children, Debbie, Roger, Mike and Robert, his sister Una Mae and his brother Gene, 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of loved ones and friends.
A private family memorial service will be held in late summer of 2013.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Funeral Arrangements made by Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on July 20, 2013