ROUNDUP — Alan D. Evans, a fourth-generation Montana cowboy went on to greener pastures on Jan. 7, 2013. Alan passed quickly of natural causes in his home. Alan was born in Billings on June 16, 1939. He was raised on a cattle ranch north of Lavina in the Snowy Mountains. His childhood was spent riding horseback, running free with his childhood friends, Lynn Engdahl and Dick Thompson (late). These three sons of Montana formed a bond on horseback, which later in life, helped position all three in careers for the U.S. Government Department of Interior.
Alan was educated locally and graduated college at MSU in Bozeman. He spent equal time in his professional life working in the public and private sector. He was appointed by and served five Montana governors, as a member of land/resource boards. Concurrently, he was an elected director on electric co-op boards for 27 years. Alan served on the board and a term as president of The International Right-Away Association.
Family was paramount in the life of Alan Evans. He was a proud son, husband, brother, father, and grandfather. Alan celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his devoted wife, Rene last summer. Alan and Rene enjoyed summer trips together to Alaska, the East Coast, Seattle and Canada.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents Clarence AKA Sharkey Evans and Willa Dale, née Clark; Earla and Roxy, two of Alan's sister who died tragically in their youth; and his sister Diana Sessions. Alan (and family) lost his eldest son, Russell Clarence, to a mountain climbing accident in 1982.
Alan is survived by his beloved wife, Lorena Evans, daughter Wendy Bumgarner (Raymond), son Jonjo Evans (Jennifer), son Troy Evans (Coila), and sister Elaine Kalsta (Gunnar). Alan's grandchildren are Rider and Haney Evans, Seth, Josiah and Gabrielle Bumgarner. Alan took pride and would never hesitate in telling a perfect stranger of how proud he was of all of his grandchildren's accomplishments.
Vigil service will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Weir Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Roundup.