In Loving Memory of William Loren “Bud” Evans: 1932-2022

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William Loren “Bud” Evans was born on Green Mountain, Washington, on May 22, 1932. He passed away at the age of 89 on January 3, 2022. His parents, both deceased, Ernest and Gertrude Smith Evans raised six children in Riffe, Washington. Bud attended Mossyrock School until his senior year when he joined the Air Force. After his father was killed in the woods at Kosmos in 1950, he returned home to help his mother care for the family.

Bud married Anita Kersch of Silver Creek in 1952; they had seven children. They lived in Riffe and Ajlune until Tacoma City took their property for Riffe Lake. Bud, an extraordinarily skilled and hardworking logger, moved his family to Central Park in Grays Harbor in 1964. He cut the big timber on the Olympic Peninsula and gained a reputation as one of the best during that time of rough and tumble hard working men. 

Bud moved back to Mossyrock in the late 1980s. After retirement he planted an orchard, including his favorites, which were his peach trees, and grew a large garden, learning how to can and cook. A highlight of his life was a trip to Nova Scotia in 2000 with his sisters to visit their father’s home place on Cape Breton Island.

Bud had far reaching abilities. He was a master carpenter, including cabinet and furniture making, plumbing, mechanics, and electrical work. 

He enjoyed entertaining his many visitors with humorous stories of past real life events. He also kept up on current events. He knew almost every politician and remembered what they did or didn’t do many years later. Twenty years ago he often spoke about events happening today and accurately predicted their arrival. 

Bud’s favorite song was “Just One More,” but only by Martina McBride. His kids grew up listening to albums of all the country artists and Bud enjoyed attending many country music performances over the years, including those at the Opera House and other locations. He also knew the titles and actors of hundreds of old movies. His favorite TV program of late was Mountain Man. 

Bud enjoyed his grandkids and great-grandkids, nieces and nephews and was called Uncle Potato Chip by one and Grandpa Chocolate by another. 

Bud has sixteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. 

Bud is survived by his sisters, Ethel Keen and Sandra Osborne, his children Anni Evans, Brian Evans, Brad Evans, Cindy Gibbons, Gregg Evans, and Dave Evans, along with many beloved nieces and nephews. 

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Larraine Evans, brother Leonard Evans, sister Carole Moore and son Timothy Evans. 

On New Years Eve, 2021, at 10:00 p.m., Bud confessed Jesus Christ as his savior and with heaven as his destination point, he will be enjoying a true family reunion in heaven for eternity. 

A gathering to celebrate William Bud Evans and his life to be announced.