Jack Evans Jr.
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September 20, 1918 - January 5, 2013
DAMASCUS - A memorial service will be held at 1PM Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 SE Roberts in Gresham for Jack Evans Jr. A viewing will be held from 4-7 PM on Thursday, January 10. A military burial service will be held at 10AM Friday, January 11, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Jack was born September 20, 1918 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He died January 5, 2013 at the age of 94, in Damascus, Oregon.
Jack was the oldest of six children of Jack and Lena Evans. He graduated from Wichita High East in 1936 and from University of Wichita in 1940. He worked as an orderly at Wesley Hospital and Nursing School where he met the love of his life, Della "Ek" Ekhoff. After Pearl Harbor, Jack joined the U.S. Navy. During WWII he was a flight instructor for PBY Catalinas, and later was a pilot of the Navy's photo-mapping version of the B-24. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for operations in the Pacific theater. He flew for the Naval Reserve until 1965 and retired with the rank of Commander. After the war he received a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas.
Jack had a long career in human services, working for St. Francis Home for Boys in Kansas, and was a Director for Uta Halee Home for Girls in Omaha, Nebraska. He moved his family to Oregon in 1965, and worked for the State of Oregon in Public Welfare, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Corrections Divisions.
He attended St Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem for many years, and enjoyed volunteering with the Stephens Ministry and their "Woodcutter's Group." He volunteered as a Scout Leader for many years, earning the Silver Beaver Award from the Cascade Pacific Council. He was also an accomplished pianist and earned some spending money in his youth playing for silent movies and at parties.
In retirement Jack loved fishing, being on the Oregon coast with Ek, mushrooming, mentoring kids, and traveling to visit family and friends, if he and his beloved Ek weren't hosting visitors themselves. Jack painted in oil and watercolor and his works hang in the homes of many relatives and friends.
He is survived by his children, Mary "Jackie" Downie, "Q" Susan Evans, John B. Evans, and brother Dale Evans. He had seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Della "Ek" Evans, son Robert Warren Evans, son-in -law Bob Downie, and granddaughter Erin J. Downie.
Contributions to Parkinsons Assoc. or Audubon Society.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 8, 2013