William Richard Evans (Dick) passed away peacefully at the age of 87 surrounded by family on Friday, February 15th, 2019 in Pocatello, Idaho. Dick was born April 21, 1931 in Rock Springs, Wyoming to Oscar and Helen Evans. Dick was a loving brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was the third of six children. He grew up in Boulder, Wyoming in the wide-open spaces of the Wind River mountain range, hunting elk, roping bears and roaming the Wind Rivers
Dick married his High School sweetheart Ruth Helen Logan December 15,1951. Dick and Helen have been married for 67 years and have five children. Dick was a star basketball player of Pinedale High School. He even played against the Harlem Globetrotters. He joined the Navy in 1951 to serve his country in the Korean War and served as a Fire Control Technician on the USS Carmick. Dick served with his brother Bob on the same ship although it was against Naval policy. After the service all six siblings studied at the University of Wyoming where Dick studied Mechanical Engineering.
Dick was a mechanic at heart and able to make things work no matter what. Uncle Dick as he was commonly referred to by everyone, had a Haying Crew in the summers that consisted mainly of nieces and nephews ranging from the age of 10-18 years old. He would fix everything we broke or “kidized” as he called it. In the summer we would have a pack trip to the Wind Rivers, which was a highlight of the summer. As kids we roamed the Wind Rivers hiking, fishing, rolling rocks and taking in the beauty of that precious landscape. We worked hard and played hard. Uncle Dick was a hard-working honest individual that loved to laugh and play a good prank. Dick loved to people watch and no one was a stranger. People were drawn to Dick as he had a magnetic personality. Grandkids were eager to listen to as many stories as Grandpa Dick would tell them. He never sought fame or fortune and believed in treating people honestly and fairly. We were very fortune to have had him in our lives and he will be sorely missed.
Dick is survived by his wife Helen, his son Paul (Tammy) of LaBarge, Wyoming, daughter Treva of Douglas, Wyoming, son Richard (Denise) of Farmington, Utah, son Logan (Maely) of Bloomington, Utah and DeeAnn of Pocatello, Idaho. His survivors also include his 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and expecting 2 more this year. He is also survived by his siblings: Treva of Spanish Fork, Utah, Bob of Roy, Utah, Evelyn of Dillon, Montana, Jack of Logan, Utah and Floyd of Fletcher, Oklahoma as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Kimberly Ann Evans (Kimadoo).
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel 2250 Piney Dr, Big Piney, WY. A viewing will be held on Saturday, February 23,2019 from 9:30-10:30AM at the LDS Chapel in Big Piney, WY. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com