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Max Wendell Evans, 77, a former Baker City resident, died May 11, 2009, at Springfield.
A family memorial service will be scheduled later.
Max was born on Oct. 10, 1931, at Mesa, Idaho, to Oliver “Hap” and Mina Hallett Evans. He was blessed to grow up with his sister in a small community surrounded by family and friends.
He graduated from Council, Idaho, High School where he starred as halfback for the Council Lumberjacks football team. He married the love of his life, Delpha Mae Burt, on Oct. 31, 1948.
Max enjoyed a 40-year career with Union Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1991. He and Delpha raised their family at Baker City and after retirement moved to Springfield to be near their sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.
He loved nothing better than to take a fishing rod and spend hours with a line in the water. Max will be forever remembered for his sweet and gentle nature, his love of family, which was not only evident with his own children and grandchildren, but also the great love for his sister’s and wife’s families. His love of life and humor were a joy to experience and he was one of the best examples of what it means to live a life simply and well, family members said.
Survivors include his wife, Delpha of Springfield; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Linda of Springfield, Dave and Vonda of Springfield, Gary and Patti of Vancouver, Wash., and Tony of Canby; 10 grandchildren, and eight great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Kyla; sister, Evelyn; and his parents.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 21, 2009
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor