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Gordon Evans was born in Midvale, Idaho on July 3, 1920 and passed away November 15, 2016. He was the last surviving of the four children of John Keithly Evans and Ora Turnbaugh Evans. The Turnbaugh and Evans families were early pioneer settlers in the Washington Co. area of Idaho.

After high school graduation, farming did not appeal to Gordon, so, in his early twenties, he became a telephone lineman for the Pacific Telephone Company. He then entered the army in December of 1942. The skills that he acquired with the phone company qualified him to serve in the Army Communication Service. The A.C.S., a part of the signal corp., was a relatively small group of highly skilled men who worked under the most adverse conditions, installing radio facilities to help airmen stay on their course.

Gordon's W.W.II letters home referenced places with names such as Kunming, Chunking, Panama, French Guiana, Ecuador, and India, naming just a few. Dad circumnavigated the globe in a variety of aircraft (he did not like flying). One story told of being lost in bad weather and the plane running out of fuel as soon as the wheels touched the runway.

Gordon left the service in January, 1946 with the rank of Staff Sgt. He received the Victory Medal, The American Theatre Service Medal, The Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He served in the China Offensive and China Defensive Theatres. After leaving the service, Gordon returned to employment at Pacific Bell where he retired in August 1981 and remained active with the telephone company pioneers.

Gordon was predeceased in May of 2013 by his second wife, Doris Jean Kyle Evans. They had been married 50 years. Gordon is survived by his 4 children: son David L. Evans (Toni) of Hagerman, ID, daughter Bonnie M. Porthouse (Dan) of Coalinga, CA, son Clifford D. Evans (Teresa) of Yuba City, CA, and daughter Anita Franco (Albert) of Rockport, TX; stepson Larry Castner (Debbie) of Marysville, CA. A stepson, Charles Franklin Evans, passed away in August of 2010 in Bristol Wis. Gordon is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 14 step-grandchildren, and numerous great- and step-great-grandchildren.

Those who knew Gordon will miss his quiet, gentle spirit and the bounty from his beautiful garden that he tended so lovingly with his wife Doris. He was a wonderful father who left his children with family memories of camping, fishing, and always being there for them.

Services are pending with private burial to be at Sutter Cemetery. Remembrances can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org or the veterans' organization of choice.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Nov. 20, 2016
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