James David Evans lived a full life from 7/12/1947 – 10/14/2023. Born in the City of Orange in Orange County CA to Elvis and Billie (Thompson) Evans. He was a Cub Scout. He graduated in 1965 from Westminster High, and was a proud member of the Lions’ swim and football teams, played trumpet and baritone in the marching band and orchestra, also sang in the chorale group. After graduating, he enrolled in college, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He trained as an Air Traffic Controller
Following his term in the service, he became a respiratory therapist, married and had three daughters. He worked for the telephone company, then contracted for cable TV. He became Construction Manager and laid cable throughout construction of the Temecula Valley Mall, CA. He then got the urge to drive 18 wheels and did so over the continental United States. When he tired of being away from home, he settled in the White Mountains of AZ. He worked driving patients to and from appointments at the counseling center in Show Low. After retiring, he joined the Show Low Police Department Senior Patrol. He loved and respected his uniform and patrolling with his fellow officers.
Jim was an accomplished horseman; John Wayne was his hero. He's a loyal Ram fan. He had fun playing men’s and coed softball. His go to meal was green beans, red potatoes, cornbread and some green onions. He enjoyed traveling.
Jim was married 31 years and is survived by his wife, Trish; three daughters – Diana (Scott) Gervasi, Janna Evans, Jamie Evans; four grandchildren – Ryan Gervasi, Nathan Evans, Kate Gervasi and Lia Gervasi; brother Larry (June) Evans – nephews Dean (Liz) Evans, Andrew (Myo) Evans; brother Mark Evans – niece Jill and nephew Ian. Jim is preceded in death by his parents Elvis David Evans and Billie Mae Egan and step-father Whitey Egan.
Jim was a wonderful soft spoken man, who had a deep faith in God. He lived and loved with everything he had. He will truly be missed.
A luncheon to celebrate Jim’s life will be held Wednesday, November 15 from 3pm – 5pm at the VFW Post, 381 N Central Ave. Show Low, (928) 537-7511.
Any donations may be made in Jim’s name online at https://researchautism.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/?form=Memorial