Baker City, Oregon
Wayne A. Evans, 67, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 21, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
At Wayne’s request, his body was cremated. There will be no formal funeral. There will be a potluck celebrating his life at 6 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane.
Wayne was raised at San Diego where he entered the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the military, he moved to Oregon where he met his wife, Lorrena. They were married on May 6, 1961, and returned to the San Diego area. Wayne worked for the U.S. Forest Service there for a few years.
They then moved back to Oregon where he worked for Oregon State Forestry in the Grants Pass-Medford area. He was transferred to the Baker City office in 1968 and worked as the assistant unit forester until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1995.
Wayne was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved getting young people interested in hunting and fishing. Wayne was a firm believer in preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat.
He also fought for the privilege to hunt and to bear arms. He was a member and past president of the Oregon Hunter’s Association. He also was a member of the Powder River Sportsmen’s Club. He was a former member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Rifle Association. He was a more recent member of AMVETS.
Survivors include his wife, Rena Evans of Baker City; a son, Michael Evans of Albany; daughters, Teela Evans of Cave Junction and Lisa Parr of Jefferson; a sister, Colleen Richards of Grants Pass; a brother, Norman Evans of Aumsville; his mother, Pearl Evans of Grants Pass; and numerous nieces and nephews. Wayne had a special relationship with one nephew, Dean Evans, who was raised by Wayne’s parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Chapter of the Oregon Hunter’s Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 22, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor