Remembering Doug Evans
Doug Evans passed away October 5, 2013, at age 55. Born in Maquoketa, Iowa, Evans served proudly in the U.S. Air Force for two tours in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1987. After the Air Force, Evans settled in Las Vegas where he became a bricklayer, helping to build the Mirage Hotel and the wall around Wayne Newton’s ranch.
In 2006 Evans and his wife Lori moved to Salmon, Idaho. He was an avid hunter who didn’t kill anything he didn’t eat. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, and was very opinionated on what brand of vehicle you should drive: it should be a Ford, preferably white.
Evans’ involvement with RMEF began in Las Vegas and moved with him to Idaho. In an organization that is packed with incredible volunteers, he was one of the best. Evans had a passion and dedication to the RMEF’s mission that is second to none. He is famous for saying “not a problem,” and that is how he approached RMEF. Whatever needed to be done, he would get done.
In Las Vegas, Evans excelled at selling raffle tickets for that chapter’s banquet. His dedication to the Las Vegas Chapter remained even after he moved north: every year he donated money to the kids’ raffle at the banquet. In 2011, along with Cheri Ohl (the current co-chair) and another volunteer, Evans helped reinvigorate the Salmon Chapter, which hadn’t held a banquet since the early 2000s. The first year, with a committee of three, the chapter made nearly $11,000 in the tiny town with a population of 3,000. Two years later the committee had doubled, and the net proceeds from the banquet reached nearly $30,000.
“Doug had a great way of talking to people and it was through his efforts that the RMEF is strongly supported once again in Salmon,” says Ohl. “RMEF and this community lost a great supporter, and I lost a good friend.”
Evans introduced countless new donors and members to RMEF over the years, and supported other RMEF chapters by attending their banquets with Lori when they could. He also ran the SAFE event in Salmon, and was an active member of Idaho’s State Leadership Team (SLT). Most recently, Evans donated a personal firearm for Idaho’s first annual Idaho Elk Super Raffle, and before his passing he offered use of his home to host the SLT for a winter meeting. He always went the extra mile, with his “not a problem” attitude.
Evans’ loss cannot be quantified. He had a spark and a passion for RMEF that was unbelievable. Not only did he devote so much of himself to helping others and furthering the mission of RMEF, but he was also an all-around great person. His legacy will continue to inspire us to work harder and redouble our efforts to make him proud—in Salmon, Las Vegas and beyond.