October 17, 1959 – November 26, 2018
John Peter Evans, 59, of Moses Lake, Washington and formerly of Richland, passed on Nov. 26, 2018, at Wenatchee Valley Hospital, peacefully in his sleep after a short illness.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1959 to Dr. and Mrs. James (Betty) Evans in Los Angeles, California and spent most of his childhood in Oxnard, California. As a child “Pete,” as he was called then, enjoyed performing magic tricks and was involved in sports such as bicycling, tennis, bowling, and other sports. He graduated from Villanova High School in Ojai, California after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for eight years, mostly on submarine duty. After his discharge, he attended the University of San Diego, where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering.
John met Erin Blaker in Los Angeles, and they were married in 1999. John’s work took them to Georgia where their only child, Morgan Taylor Evans, was born in 2001. To John, his role as father was the most important role he would ever play. John was a very good father, and he and Erin devoted their lives to Morgan’s development. Morgan was an infant when John secured a position with the Hanford Project, and the family moved to Richland. John was with Hanford for nine years. When that employment ended, he moved to Moses Lake for another position.
When their marriage ended in 2006, John and Erin remained partners in Morgan’s care, and both parents remained devoted to seeing that she was exposed to the highest level of academia, supporting her through her school events as well as extra- curricular activities. Whatever Morgan’s interests were, whether it was ice skating or acting, they were involved with her. Morgan was a student of the Prosser Conservatory of Theatre for Children for seven summers where John volunteered to be grill chef at the cast party barbecues after performances.
John’s interest in sports overflowed to Morgan, and John exposed her to archery, golf, tennis and youth softball. John catered to Morgan’s inquisitive mind and made it a point to be proactive in her education outside of her formal studies, taking her on educational jaunts inside and outside the state, once taking her on an expedition to investigate and chase all the waterfalls in the state of Washington.
John was preceded in death by his parents Dr. James Evans and Elizabeth (Betty) Evans and is survived by his sister Kathy Atkinson and her family, his brother Steve Evans and daughter Morgan. John was a dedicated and loving father, and a support to his family. He will be missed by all.
Memorial services are pending. If you would like to share your memories of John “Peter” Evans, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.