Evan Hazen Kimble
1966 - 2016
Evan Hazen Kimble

December 30, 1966 - January 29, 2016

Evan Hazen Kimble passed away from complications of pneumonia on January 29 in Seattle. He was surrounded by a loving circle of family and friends.

Born in Eugene, Oregon to Daniel Porter Kimble and Reeva Jacobson Kimble, Evan spent his childhood alongside his older brother Matthew and younger sister Sara. A deep love of nature and family, close friendships, a talent for music and creative exploration, and a spirit of adventure, mystery and faith informed his life from the beginning. He celebrated his bar mitzvah at Temple Beth Israel and later graduated from South Eugene High School in 1985 while the family was living in Oxford, England. He attended Brown University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989) where he majored in East Asian Studies, and made trips to China and Taiwan. After graduation he settled in Seattle where, in 1992, he met Lael Till Weissman, the love of his life, his wife, his musical partner, and the mother of their beloved children Declan and Susanna.

Evan's musical talents blossomed in childhood when he learned to play piano and to sing. Over time he learned new instruments, wrote song lyrics, and composed music. He led several Seattle-based bands beginning with the Prime Wierdz, then Dr. Spanky's Weatherbed, and ultimately Grasshopper, which released four CDs. More recently he was an esteemed participant in the community of fans dedicated to the band The String Cheese Incident, authoring detailed performance reviews online.

As a highly-regarded therapist (M.A. in Psychology, Antioch University, 2006), Evan thrived on, in his own words, "joining the scientific, the spiritual, and the down-to-earth," as he talked with others "about what really matters to them." He believed each of us is a "unique and valuable person with deep reserves of strength and creativity." He was certain that "each one of us contains natural and powerful abilities to be loving, compassionate, and healthy. Each one of us can be confident, balanced and wise. We can heal trauma, make effective choices, and renew our relationships with ourselves, humanity and nature." These same beliefs illuminated his connections with family and friends, with neighbors and communities where he volunteered. He gave joy, optimism, music, poetry and wise counsel. The way he lived his life created an infinite web of light, connecting all of us who loved him and were loved by him.

Evan is survived by his wife Lael Kimble and their children Declan and Susanna; his parents Daniel and Reeva Kimble; his brother Matthew Kimble, sister-in-law Mary Taylor, and their daughter Elanor; his sister Sara Kimble, brother-in-law Lars Peterson and their children Ingrid and Leora; and an extensive circle of family, friends and colleagues who mourn Evan's too-early passing, and celebrate knowing that he lived every moment of his life to the fullest. His memory is a blessing. We love you, Evan.

For information about a memorial celebration to be held in late March, or about a memorial fund in support of Evan's children, please contact [email protected].
Published by The Seattle Times on Feb. 14, 2016.
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Evan was a beautiful person and my son s therapist, but I saw him with my son. The last time we saw him at Y.E.S. I brought a cake for us to eat. I an so sad to find out he died because my son, Daniel Richardson, still wanted to see him. Me too. This is such a tragedy.
Marcia Suzanne Richardson
April 12, 2021
I also met Even while working at Ostex. I considered him an old soul and appreciated his kindness. I found the 1st CD of Grasshopper a few months ago and enjoyed the music once again. I looked him up on line to see if they ever produced any other music and was greatly saddened finding his obituary. He enjoyed his life, was crazy about Lael and surely enjoyed his children. He was taken too soon.
Joyce Michalski, Tacoma, WA
Joyce Michalski
June 4, 2016
Evan was a great guy I saw Evan every week,for 8 years . Be has help me and my family Its only been three months .
Randy Wehl
June 1, 2016
Evan was someone I knew briefly through our connection as therapists. He was compassionate, wise, energetic and kind. He will be greatly missed in our community.
Mary Roy
May 28, 2016
Evan was truly a fantastic person; he helped both me and my family through tough times, and I will never forget how smart, caring, and centered he was. My thoughts are with his family, as I cannot even begin to imagine what the loss of such a wonderful man feels like.
Sayo Kumasaka
May 6, 2016
Exemplar of human, always giving, always teaching.
Michael James Hawk
March 27, 2016
I was just getting to know Evan, as a member of a professional consult group in Seattle. He was funny, talented, and always had a fresh and compassionate perspective. I know he will leave a big hole. My sincere condolences to his family.
Susie Wind
March 14, 2016
Evan wrote a regular "Advice For the Journey" column for a magazine aimed at residents of senior care communities. His advice and wit will be missed by his readers and colleagues.
Max Wells
March 1, 2016
So sorry for your loss. He was my therapist for issues surrounding a difficult divorce. Evan was so kind and funny! I can't believe he is gone. My daughter and I took some flowers to his office and left them at the door. It is so sad that his good energy is gone. It feels wrong on so many levels! He is greatly missed and what I learned from him will not be wasted. Peace to his familyLaura and Olivia Rexford.
Laura Rexford
February 22, 2016
Thank you for the beautiful and inspiring obituary. Even though I did not personally know Mr. Kimble, I found the descriptions of his empowering personal philosophy so inspiring that I read them to my students. His "infinite web of light" shone down on us!
Ellen Irion
February 22, 2016
It was a lucky break to have known Evan and played music with him. Grateful for the positive impact he had on my life, which came at just the right time.
Thad Taylor
February 15, 2016
It is a sad loss. I worked with Evan at Ostex and found him to be upbeat, positive and highly competent. It was great fun talking music with him, and he will be missed by all. My condolences to all who knew and loved him.
Jeff Morgan
February 15, 2016
To the memory of a kind and gentle man. You will be missed, Evan.
Lisa Berendts
February 15, 2016
My condolences to the family of Evan Kimble. His kindness touched the lives of so many. I sincerely hope that those who mourn may have comfort and that Kevin rest in peace. Ecclesiastes 9:5,10
Mark Anderson
February 15, 2016
Evan and Lael gave us the gift of time with their children at Billings Middle School. Evan always had kind and supportive words for everybody at the school--students, their parents and teachers--and restored tired or struggling folks to faith in their ability to be kind and supportive too.
Rebecca Timson
February 14, 2016
I met Evan through Joline El-Hai when he worked for her at Bella Luz. I did not know him well, but I do know that he was a lovely person. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.
Robin Wassong
February 14, 2016
My deepest sympathies. Evan was a sweet man and I will remember him always.
Chaela Pastore
February 14, 2016
My deepest sympathies and condolences. Love, Brian
Brian Bennett
February 14, 2016
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