Toppenish residents were shocked to learn early this week of the death of Sheriff Lew Evans. Mr. Evans who lived on a ranch near Buena was for a number of years a community leader in Toppenish.
Death came to the popular county official in St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was taken after he had suffered a heart attack at his home one hour before. He died at 12:30 Tuesday morning [January 4, 1949].
Funeral services will be held in Shaw & Sons Chapel in Yakima Friday afternoon at 1:30 with burial in Terrace Heights Memorial Park. Hopkins Mortuary has charge of funeral arrangements.
Names as honorary pallbearers are County Commissioners Andy B. Wallace, Angus McDonald and Red G. Redman, Clerk Jasper Day, Assessor Jake Sieber, Treasurer C. S. Cole, Auditor Harold Purdin, Prosecutor Owen Clarke and School Supt. Chester Turner, W. C. Calhoun, Robert Montague, William Cole, Wesley Morford, L. L. Turley, W. S. Doran and Henry Waechter.
Dr. Orval Peterson and the Elks Lodge will conduct services at the chapel and at Terrance Heights Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Bert Guns, newly appointed sheriff, and Deputies H. T. Armstrong, Rudy Shuk, Gene Pomeroy, Leo Stevens, and Walt Purdin.
Llewellyn Walter Evans, was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin, July 2, 1880 and came west in 1918. While living in Toppenish he carried on extensive farming operations on the reservation and served on the city commission here for six years.
In 1930 he was elected sheriff of Yakima County and served eight years. He then served two terms as county commissioner from the second district and was again elected sheriff in 1946. Each time that he ran for public office Mr. Evans received an overwhelming majority of the votes—an indication of his popularity throughout the valley.
Last year Mr. Evans disposed of his large farm holding on the reservation and acquired a small place in the Buena District where he and Mrs. Evans were living at the time of his death.
He was planning to retire after finishing his term as a sheriff which had two more years to run. He had been apparently in good health and was on duty last Monday.
Mr. Evans was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Wapato, the Knights of Pythias Lodge of Yakima, a life member of the Elks Lodge of Yakima and a member of the Eagles Lodge.
Surviving are his wife, Martha; 1 daughter, Mrs. Gladys [McEwen] Benz of Toppenish; 2 brothers, John Evans of Green Bay, Wisconsin and Bryant Evans of Longview, Washington; 1 sister, Mrs. Grace Bristow of Manzanita, Oregon and 3 grandchildren.
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman