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Kent Evans, '67. 1949-2011

Kent Evans (10/17/49-01/6/11, the son of Ray and Charlotte Evans, died Thursday morning, January 6th 2011.

Kent was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania and moved to Orange County in 1953 at the age of four. He received a BS in Finance from Cal Poly Pomona and worked as VP of Finance for Brentwood Originals for over twenty years.

Kent was an amazing, loving and compassionate father, brother, co-worker and friend. Kent's number one priority and love in his life was his family. No sacrifice was too high for their benefit, a lesson that he passed on to his children, sister and nephews. Kent's "stubbornness", perseverance and ambition helped him to accomplish his dreams to always care for and support his loved ones.

Kent had friends from all walks of life and ages. He was known affectionately as "The Governor of the block" and thoroughly enjoyed the company of a good friend. Harley rides to Cook's Corner with a quick stop by Billy's at the Beach on the way home was a great place to find Kent on a Sunday.

Sturgis with his children this past August will be a cherished memory. Kent also enjoyed taking his Porsche's on a drive up through the canyon or to swap meets looking for parts. Walks on the beach or a good glass of Chardonnay were favorite pastimes of Kent's.

Kent will be greeted in heaven by his father and mother Ray and Charlotte Evans. He will be missed most by his daughter, Chelsea Evans; son, Cole Evans; daughter-in-law, Lauren Evans; sister, Gayle Conger; brother-in-law, Tim Conger; nephews, Tyson and Todd Conger.

A Memorial service will be held at First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, Friday the 14th of January at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers please make donations in honor of Kent to the American Heart Association .


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Tom Warnock. '67 on January 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM said:

Just heard the sad news. Kent was a great friend for almost 50 years. The last 20 years of our relationship were the best. In these later years, Kent reached his stride in life. He had learned that family and friends were what was important in life. He had learned to not let the small pitfalls in life get him down. I am so happy that he took the trip to Sturgis to be with Cole and his new bride. While Kent loved his motorcycles it was being with Cole and his daughter-in-law that meant the world to him. He was so genuinely happy for his son. I will miss the evening phone calls I would get from Kent while he was stuck in traffic on his drive home from work. Kent appreciated that he knew so many different groups of people. He was the glue that held our group of friends together. He was the one who let me know the important news of what was happening within his sphere of influence.
As much as I am hurting with the loss of a dear friend I can only imagine the loss to his family. I admired the way Kent took time from his busy life to care for his father.
Kent was a genuine son, father and friend. I take some solace in Kent's passing by knowing I got to tell him to his face that I thought he was a wonderful friend. I know I am not alone as a friend: Bill P., Mike H., Ralph M., Bob S., Steve W., and Pat C.. All of us have suffered a huge loss. It is very hard to say "Goodbye." I hope there are Harley's and old Porsche's in heaven, my friend, you deserve it. I just can't believe I am typing this remembrance. This loss just hurts, it really hurts.
steve walker, '67 on January 17, 2011 at 8:13 AM said:

Just found out -- what a loss. Kent was always there for everyone who needed assistance, support or just someone to play cards or go biking with. He was always a very class guy. He will be truly missed.
Barbara Smith Whitfield, '67 on January 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM said:

As you can imagine, Kent's service was a tearjerker for us. Although sad, it was a very personable tribute from family, friends and co-workers. There were some laughs about stories growing up and some very deeply moved children talking about their love for a father that was so special to all of them.

Kent was such a good hearted and generous person who was always there if
you needed him, and very stubborn as they all mentioned. He was also
determined to succeed and he did that very well.

Life is such an unknown and when life ends so quickly we all need to take
a step back and appreciate life and our loved ones.
Debbie Soto Haprov. '66 on January 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM said:

Kent you will be missed by many. I just couldn't believe you were gone from this world as we know it. What a super person. I met Kent in the summer of 1966 when a group of SHHS kids had the opportunity to go to Europe. We became good friends and had lots of fun traveling around with all our other classmates. What a nice guy. I just caught up with him on Facebook a few months back, I am so happy that we had a Facebook visit. God Bless you, Kent. My prayers to your family and friends, We will miss you so much.
Ralph Morales, '67 on January 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM said:

I too, go back all the way to Pacific Drive with Kent.2nd
grade, 55 years.To the times at elementary, to junior high, high school. Played over the line,touch football,with all the people we met, who then went on to Buena Park High, Fullerton High, and Sunny High.the softball games at night, with people
in the age of 30's and 40's, to the fishing at the Huntington Beach pier, right before it was swallowed by the El Nino Storm, going out on day boats, to try and get tuna and yellow tail, the poker games starting after dinner in O.C., but taking off to Las Vegas, on the fly just to go with a carload of friends, and laugh all the way there, and to play and turn around after 4 hours of gambling, and head back to O.C. and look at what fools, we the group, had just did, only to do it again many times in the future, going to the race track, bet to see who would be eating better that nite, us or the nags we bet on. The weddings, celebrations,
the births of the new generation, the tears from deaths, and the pain, shared by all the group. Kent, you have left us too early, the recess will be sad, the phone calls, emails
will be missed with your passing. As you look down on us, I know that your hand will be always extended,as it was here, to greet and smile and tell us everything will be OKAY
Glenna Newkirk Spindelman FUHS '67 on January 9, 2011 at 9:44 PM said:

Kent, your gentle, solid personality will be missed. And that handsome smile...
I will always appreciate Kent's kindness during Kirk's battle with cancer that extended to me at the last reunion.
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with the Evans family.
Steven Araujo Pacheco, '67 on January 9, 2011 at 8:27 PM said:

Tom, What beautiful thoughts. I also remember the early years in West Fullerton, all the way through H.S.
I will be forever grateful for his help on info of last reunion. Was GREAT to see Kent and everyone else.

Tom McCutchen, '67 on January 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM said:

Something significant and eloquent belongs in this forum regarding your stature and actions as a solid "good guy" for as long as I have known you, However, I can't seem to get the words out. From the every day interactions during our early years in West Fullerton until our reestablished friendship of a few years ago, you always treated me in a sincere and caring manner, which, as I told you many times, I appreciated.

I do not appreciate the early departure. I am sure you are aware of the cocktails and dinner you owe me at Longboards. See you down the road my friend.
Rich Posey, '67 on January 8, 2011 at 8:41 PM said:

Kent you will be sadly missed my friend. Our work on the reunions brought us closer, our conversations about golf and life things were great as well. You will always be remembered for your big heart and positive nature. I will miss you but never forget you....RIP.....Rich
Cynthia Byerrum Mayfield, '67 on January 8, 2011 at 8:35 PM said:

Oh my dear partner on the search committee, looking for our beloved classmates, you have left us too soon. I will always remember our fun times, your gentle nature, and your patience. Peace be with you, Kent. You will be greatly missed.
Barb Smith Whitfield, '67 on January 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM said:

Ahhhh Kent. You have left us way tooooo soon. We have known each other since Pacific Drive and remember when you played baseball with my older brother Dale. You had a golden heart and a lust for life. Always enjoyed our times on the Reunion Committees the past several years. You will be missed so much. Love to you always. We are so sad to lose you so early and you will be missed dearly. Barb
Glenn Bianchi, '67 on January 8, 2011 at 4:39 PM said:

Thank you so much for all your kind words. Please save the date of January 14th for Kent's service and reception. More to follow on Monday.
Glenn Bianchi
Dorothy Eggerts Kraus, '67 on January 8, 2011 at 3:42 PM said:

I am so saddened by Kent's passing. We talked periodically on the phone and he really had a love for life. He died much too soon.
Trish Dickey Moine, '67 on January 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM said:

I knew Kent as always being the person in charge to help our class reunions go so well!! He was a kind and loving person. His family will miss him and they are in my prayers. God Bless the Evans and extended families.
Paul Saevig, '67 on January 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM said:

Kent was a classmate you could trust to follow through with whatever he promised he'd do. There's not much higher praise than that. He really helped a lot in getting several of our '67 reunions to work out well. He deserves a lot of credit for that, too.
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