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Darel W. Evans


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Darel W. Evans Obituary

On May 9, 2015, Darel received a call from his homeworld he was unable to ignore.

Darel's spacecraft crash-landed in Artesia, New Mexico, November 20, 1962 - At least that's how his Facebook bio once read.
He lived at the "Flying H" Ranch near Artesia and in Mountain Home, Idaho, before his "mother was recalled to the mothership" when he was 3. He would be raised by his grandparents, Orvil and Virginia Lane. His early years continued at the Flying H, where he "learned the humans' ways" which, apparently consisted of developing a love of animals and a rugged ability to live off the land.
He continued his human schooling in San Patricio where he learned to ride car hoods as sleds and mostly to ride cactus down the hillsides with his best friend, David. Darel always felt that his friends in the Hondo Valley were his family and the Valley was always home.

In his late teens, Darel would often strap on a backpack full of records-not clothes (aliens evidently have a different set of priorities) and hitchhike hundreds of miles to visit his friends and family. He married in 1982, and he and his wife, Donna, lived near his family in Newberry Springs, California. In 1983, Darel's life changed dramatically when swelling on his spinal cord resulted in paralyzation from the chest down and a complimentary near death experience. Despite his attempt to leave the planet, he ended up deciding to stay around awhile after his wife presented him with their newborn offspring, Tanya.

Darel and his family moved to Tularosa, New Mexico, in 1989 where he would reside for the rest of his life. Undeterred by his high level spinal cord injury, Darel would maintain his sense of humor and exuberance for the human experience. He rebuilt two VW bugs, learned to drive his van from his wheelchair, and perhaps most remarkably, created beautiful drawings and paintings despite the reduced dexterity in his hand. His passions in the last decade centered around spoiling his grandchildren and flying the virtual skies in WWII fighter aircraft with online friends. Darel's ability to overcome anything that life threw at him caused him to be an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Tanya Ryle (Evans) and husband Jeremiah; grandchildren Sophie and Eliora Ryle of Tularosa; father, Wainwright Evans of Mexico; sister Brenda McKiddy (Evans) and husband Mike; brother Zane Evans of Golden, Colorado; brother Sam Kimmons and wife Stacey of Granbury, Texas; and a multitude of caring cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and friends.
He was preceded in passage from this life by his mother, Patricia Fesler (Lane); grandparents Orvil and Virginia Lane; and grandparents John (Jack) and Betty Evans.

It is with both great sadness and fond remembrance that the family invites you to join them in a celebration of Darel's life at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 24, at Tularosa Lodge No. 49, 411 Higuera Ave., Tularosa, N.M.
Event will be potluck. You are afterwards invited to join the family in the Hondo Valley to return Darel's human ashes to the earth.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to donate to Wings for Life- Spinal Cord Research Foundation at http://wingsforlife.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 17 to June 16, 2015
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