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Donald Evans made his jubilant entrance into Heaven on Feb. 1, just one day before his 93rd birthday. He now rests from a lifetime of giving, loving, and serving Jesus well. He was born in Keystone, OK to hardworking parents and lived his childhood on the Evans Dairy farm with his six brothers and sisters; Elinor, Evan, Paul, Dale, Sally and Roberta. He studied engineering at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and thrived as the proprietor of Evans Jewelry, where he met his wife, Evangeline Malott. They married in 1949 and raised four children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Don joyfully supported his family with the ingenuity that he brought to every life challenge. He was an accomplished carpenter, a skillful homebuilder, and a masterful engineer for the Boeing Company. After retirement, he joined the engineering team for the launching of the first Space Shuttle at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Don was a stridently, selfless servant who demonstrated Godâ€™s love through his actions, his humility, his humor, his prayers, and his appreciation of all Godâ€™s creatures. Among the descendants that felt the blessing of God when Don prayed, are his children and their spouses; daughter, Karen Diehl and husband, Rick; son, Daniel Evans and wife Shirley; daughter, Nancy Meneley and husband, Guy; daughter, Teri Palmer and husband, Larry; and daughter, Janet Canalichio, and husband, Joe. He enjoyed the joyful laughter of his 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. His sisters, Elinor Evans of Houston, Texas, Sally Flowers of Rolla, Missouri, and Roberta Wilson, of Boston, Massachusetts, survive their brother, Don.
This beloved man will be missed by those fortunate enough to have enjoyed his wit and listened to his vivid stories. He leaves behind in the homes of his loved ones, innumerable pieces of beautiful heirloom furniture that was crafted with great care by Don Evans.
Please join with the family of Donald K. Evans as they celebrate his promotion to Heaven at a funeral service at the Salem United Methodist Church in Bryant, Arkansas on Friday, February 3,at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (315-4047), Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6-8 p.m..