Richard Oakey Evans

1926 -2013
Richard Oakey Evans passed away peacefully on March 4, 2013. Born June 12, 1926, the only child of Frank Oakey Evans and Elsie Marian Pike, he took great pride in his heritage. As a young man he learned to work hard, serve others and strive for excellence in every endeavor he set upon; a pattern that continued throughout his life. He graduated from East High School and the University of Utah. An accomplished cellist, he played in the University Orchestra. Throughout his life he enjoyed creating music with the family and he and mom encouraged music in our home. He enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. His tales of life on his little war "tub" and adventures in foreign lands are precious reminders of his devotion to God, country and family. Upon his discharge he returned home to fulfill a mission in the Central States for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Afterward he earned his Masters Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah and married his eternal companion Beverly Middlemas in the Salt Lake Temple on March 16, 1950. During his studies he worked fulltime and they started a family which grew to include Marian (Craig), Elizabeth, Jonalee (Rod), Diane (Mark), Douglas, Todd (Maren) and Brian. An insatiable thirst for knowledge and need to simply "get out and go" led to unforgettable journeys in the trailer. His wife and children were the focus of his life. He worked several years at KSL and established a fruitful career with Sperry/Univac. He was respected for his honesty, integrity and expertise. As a result of his professional achievement, Mom and Dad had many offers for employment elsewhere. However, commitment to family led them to stay in Salt Lake City and raise their children in the East Millcreek / Olympus Cove area. After a stellar career, he retired for a year, then accepted a position with Utah Power for several more years. His service to others and his integrity were exemplary. Dad had a deep and abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and eagerly shared the gospel message through word and example. Serving diligently in many callings in the LDS Church including Venture Scout Leader, Ward/Stake Missionary (Seventy), Bishop's Counselor, Ward Executive Secretary and Home Teacher. He was even known to travel to his own home teacher's homes in their ill health so that they could fulfill their callings. He and Beverly served as ordinance workers in the Jordan River Temple. Preceded in death by Douglas and a granddaughter, Leah, he is survived by his wife, the remainder of his children and their spouses, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Grandeur Peak Ward, 3510 South 3640 East, Salt Lake City with a visitation at 11:30 am.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Mar. 7, 2013