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James "Jim" Evans


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James "Jim" Evans Obituary
James "Jim" Evans, 82 of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his home.
Jim was born March 5, 1935 in Downey, Idaho to Jay Phillip and Freda Layton Evans. He attended school in Downey and graduated from Downey High School, where he played on the varsity football team all four years.
He married Sharon Sue Stevens and to this union were born two daughters, Suzie and Teresa. They were later divorced.
He married Saundra Lee Fitch on March 25, 1964 in Elko, Nevada. Saundra passed away October 6, 2017.
In his early years, he worked on the family farm and raised and broke horses. His parents and grandparents were all horse racers, and Jim carried on the tradition, racing horses his entire life. He enjoyed much success as a well known breeder, trainer and racer of many famous horses. He was 2 time world champion cutter racer. Jim was inducted into the Horseman Hall of Fame in 2012. He enjoyed rodeoing and in his younger years had participated in both bull riding and bare back riding.
He moved to Blackfoot in the early 1960s. Always the innovator, he saw a need of portable toilets when they were building the Teton Dam. This evolved into his successful business of Snake River Sanitation. He was known for a lot of firsts in the sanitation business, from bringing in Dumpsters, 95 gallon trash bins, and setting up some of the area's first transfer stations.
Jim is survived by his daughter Suzie (Norm) Wright of Julietta, Idaho; son, Kash (Tammy) Evans of Blackfoot and daughter, Jami (Bill) Jones of Blackfoot; seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Saundra; his parents; daughter, Teresa Evans; son, Shawn Evans; and sisters, EmaLou Hickman, Alta Capson and Jean Fisher.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Hawker Funeral Home. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 and for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment will be in Moreland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Jan. 24, 2018
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