The Funeral Mass for Donald J. “Jim” Evans, 83, will be Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 506 Gouverneur Street, Morristown, with Rev. Albert J. Hauser, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in Morristown.
Calling hours will be Wednesday afternoon and evening from 4-7 p.m. at IslandView Funeral Services, 300 Main Street, Morristown. If friends desire, contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, 13676.
Mr. Evans died Friday evening April 20, 2012 at his home at 3938 State Highway 37, under the care of his family and Hospice.
Mr. Evans is survived by his wife Theresa; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Edward L. “Ned”, John C. and his wife, Damie, Timothy J. “Tim”; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jayne Gilmour and her husband David and Mary Ann Evans, all of Morristown; eight grandchildren, Donald J., Jeremiah, Natalie and Jack Evans, Christopher, Claire, and Elizabeth Plummer and Tristan Gilmour; and cousin, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased Mr. Evans are three sisters, Millie Jermano, Emma Medve, and Georgia Harrison; and one brother, Jack Evans.
He was born in Ogdensburg on September 11, 1928, son of Ned Leach and Pearl Mary Dishaw Evans the family was from Massena and owned the Evans House Tourist Home. He attended Massena Schools in the 1940’s and was an avid football player for Massena High School. Mr. Evans was inducted into the Massena High School Hall of Fame for football.
On March 29, 1946, he joined the US Navy and was discharged on July 23, 1954. On April 27, 1957, he married Theresa Ann McCormick in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg with Monsignor Floyd Brown officiating.
The couple moved to Morristown after their marriage and established the Evans’ House Diner on State Highway 37 and built a go-cart track behind the business in 1958. With Mr. Evans knowledge, and being an avid fisherman, business evolved into a fishing bait and tackle supply business and fishing guide service, specializing in Muskie Fishing for decades.
Later the Evans’ added Efficiency Apartment Units for fishermen and construction people, before his retirement in 2007. The business is now Mare’s Wares, owned by his daughter, Mary Ann Evans.
Mr. Evans also worked on several construction jobs in the Northeast, starting on the survey crew for Morrison and Knudson during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and as a millwright on a part-time basis for over 30 years. He retired as a construction worker on the construction of the Massena Mall.
Mr. Evans, a licensed New York State guide, was a member of the New York State Fishing Guides Association, and the New York State Trappers Association.
A love of his family, Mr. Evans was a devoted husband, father, who loved music and had an incredibly keen interest in horseracing.