Mar 162011

Evan J. Larson, 55, died rather unexpectedly from complications of diabetes on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel, located at 84 E. 19th South in Snowflake. A graveside service and interment will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18. Please contact Owens Livingston Mortuary for the service location.

Evan was born the older brother of a set of twins to the late Ivan Stratton and Erna (Shumway) Larson on Feb. 20, 1956, at the McNary Hospital.

He lived his entire life in the White Mountain area, mostly in Snowflake. Evan appreciated the beauty of the White Mountains. As a young boy, he developed a great love for fishing and fished at just about every lake, river and stream in the area. Some of his favorite fishing spots were at the Salt River, the Black River and, of course, Hawley Lake. He was naturally a quiet man and enjoyed the peace he felt as he fished throughout his whole life.

Evan graduated from Snowflake High School in 1974 and was well liked by all of his classmates.

Right after his high school graduation, he began working for A&A Ready Mix, where he was known to be a hard and dependable worker for six years. He then started working at the old Caldwell Pig Farm outside of Snowflake for nearly five years and even worked at the P.F.F.J. Feed Mill. Following his employment at the Caldwell Pig Farm and the feed mill, Evan began a long working relationship with Reidhead Sand and Rock, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator for more than 10 years. He thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of operating heavy equipment and then found himself working a short period of time for Voyager Construction in White Mountain Lake. Later he worked for White Mountain Ready Mix and most recently, for the past few years, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Hatch Construction. He was known for his incredible work ethic and his uncanny ability to fix just about anything. He enjoyed working with his hands and the calluses on them proved that. Many times he would take “things” out of the trash and fix them so they were just as good as new.

In his own quiet way, he led an extremely giving life. Evan was one of those people who would do anything for you, including giving you the shirt right off of his own back. He was raised by godly parents who taught him to serve others unconditionally. He truly loved his family and they loved him. There was none, however, who loved Evan as much as his twin brother Ivan did. They were connected in a way that only a twin could understand and were as close as any brothers could ever be. When his mother died, Evan deeply mourned her death. With her passing he was able to develop a very special bond with his sister, Sandra, whom he asked to be his second mother. Sandy felt so blessed to be asked such a special request that she always considered that to be an honor.

Evan had several pets over the years and would refer to them as family, too. He had great dogs named Slim, Sally, Nip, Kid and Katie, and his beloved horses, Tully and Chubs. His current dog, Zoe, is missing him now, just wondering when he’ll be home. Though Evan never had children of his own, he had many nieces and nephews, and truly loved them as if they were his own. He was very close to each and every one of them. Many of them would refer to him as “their fun uncle,” and each one has their own special “Evan” story to tell.

Evan realized he was a Son of God and always looked forward to watching General Conference on TV. He had a spiritual side and during the past several months his family noticed him nurturing it. How grateful they are to know that he is at peace, resting in the arms of his loving Savior. This meek, mild and gentle giant of a man will be greatly missed by everyone, but none will miss him more than his own family.

Survivors include his brother, Monte S. (Barbara) Larson and twin brother, Ivan G. (Shawna) Larson, both of Snowflake; his sister, Sandra (Kayle) Adams of Show Low; his sister-in-law, Myra Larson of Arkansas; his brother-in-law, Jim Beaman; and many nieces and nephews, as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.

Along with his parents, Evan was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne J. Larson, and by a sister, Elaine Beaman.