DOUGLAS JAMES EVANS
B.A., L.L.B., Q.C.
It is with profound sense of sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas James Evans of Beaver Mines, AB at the age of 67 years old on September 17, 2012.
Douglas was born in Dundurn, SK in 1944. Growing up on the family farm, Douglas was a polio survivor at a young age. He then went on to be one of the top academic students in Saskatchewan. As a young boy he also participated actively in the 4H club winning numerous awards. He continued with his education receiving his BA at the University of Saskatchewan. He then had to take a year off due to encephalitis. After recovering from this illness he continued on with his education and received his law degree at the University of Alberta, graduating in high standing for his class. Upon graduation from the U of A, he continued working as a social worker at the Hospital in Ponoka, AB where he met and married his first wife Winnifred Bowden.
Douglas started practicing law in Lethbridge in 1970. He carried on a successful law career in Lethbridge for 18 years. He was appointed to the Queen's Counsel in 1988. Douglas was a very loyal Lougheed Conservative and played an integral part of insuring that Dick Johnson was elected and remained elected. He held many roles of responsibility for the Lethbridge East PC party. He was active with the Little League Organization and served on several boards throughout Alberta, including the Board of Directors of the Alberta Hospital in Ponoka, as well as he served on the Appeal Board for the Alberta Liquor Control Board.
In 1994, Douglas resumed practicing Law in Pincher Creek. It was there where he met and married Joanne Bailer. He had a passion for his work in Pincher Creek and continued working throughout his battle with cancer until his time of death. Douglas loved his life in Beaver Mines, he took great pride in their yard as well as their home. He was an avid hunter and took great pride in his accomplishments and respect for the sport. He loved his family and especially loved having his grandchildren around.
Douglas is survived by his loving wife Joanne Evans of Beaver Mines, AB. He is survived by his children, Shannon Evans (Nathan Fairbanks) and her children Michael and Madison Yanish, of Lethbridge, AB, Trenton (Stephanie) Evans and their children, Paige and Ty, of Corpus Christi, Texas. He is survived by his mother, Irene Evans of Saskatoon, SK, brothers and sisters Don (Marion) Evans, Doreen (Warren) Stevenson, Murray (Olga) Evans, Marion Evans, Neil (Yvette) Evans and numerous nieces and nephews whom all loved their Uncle Doug. He is survived by Joanne's children Kent Bailer, Brent Bailer, Trevor (Tori) Bailer and their children Sophie and Lexi, Shari Bailer (Jerry LaGrandeur) and their daughter Saylor, all of Pincher Creek, AB.
Douglas was predeceased by his father Donald W Evans in 2002.
Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday September 21, 2012, Pincher Creek United Church, 972 Police Avenue, Pincher Creek, AB.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on September 20, 2012