Evan N. Rudd of Murray, Utah passed from this life on December 14, 2016. Evan Nish Rudd was born in Plymouth, Utah, March 8, 1930, the second son and third child of George Clark & Electa Margaret Nish Rudd. Siblings, Leora Penhorwood, (Gene), Oris (Delphia Bunderson), Ross (Bonnie Hansen), Norman George (DeAnn Wood) He attended grade school in Fielding and Garland, UT. He graduated from Bear River High, Garland, UT in the class of 1948.
He married Carolyn Brough in the Logan Temple on Nov. 12, 1948. To that union came 4 children, Bradley C, Julie Ann, Paula Kaye & Barry Lynn. Sadly, that union came to an end 24 years later.
On August 19, 1950, Evan was activated with the 204th F.A. Battalion of the Utah National Guard. They were shipped to Fort Lewis Washington and trained until Jan 1951 when the Unit was shipped to take part in the Korean War (euphemistically called the Forgotten War). After ten months of combat, he returned to Fort Carson CO. to train other men as replacements in Korea. He was honorably discharged from the Army in April. 1952. In the fall of 1952, the family moved to Logan, Utah and enrolled at the Utah State University, where he made life long friends. He graduated in 1956 with a BS degree in Agronomy and went to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in Spokane, WA. While working for the BIA, he was transferred to Gand Coulee Dam, WA, where he mapped the soils or the Colville Indian Reservation, then transferred to Fort Hall, Idaho as a Farm planner. He was instrumental in renting large acreage on the Fort Hall Reservation, which were idle at that time, thus providing an income for the Indian Land owners. In 1962, he left the Government and over the next 10 years, held several position including the County Extension Agent in Randolph Utah; fertilizer salesman for Phillips Petroleum Co.; field man for Utah Idaho Sugar Co.; farmer in Blackfoot, Idaho; farm adviser for American Oil; a stint at Hill Air Force Field as a Mechanic; and then he went to work for the Government at the Bureau of Land Management in the Salt Lake Area Office. After 10 years, he transferred to the Bureau of Reclamation as a Negotiator. While there, he was instrumental in obtaining the land for the Jordanelle Reservoir and other projects in the Upper Colorado Region, and finally retiring in Jan 1993.
In Oct 1975, he married Ethel Lynn Pease Hampton, in the Salt Lake Temple. Ethel brought to the union 2 children, Kollynn Pantuso, Michael Joseph Hampton, (preceded Evan and Ethel in death, July 2002,) Three grandchildren, Angela Smith (Rustin), Justin and Melissa Pantuso. Evan loved these children as his own. Ethel preceded Evan in death, Aug 29th 2014.
Evan was devoted to family; he loved his parents, siblings, children, step children, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. Evan was faithful and true to his religion. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of his life, and kept dear to his heart a love for the gospel. He served in many callings including Bishopric, Scoutmaster, Mutual President. He and Ethel served as ordnance workers in the Jordan River Temple. He served as host and usher at the conference center downtown, and really enjoyed that job. He loved to be of service. Evan was never happier than when someone came to visit; he kept life longs friends. He loved traveling and farming most. He was a marvelous gardener, craftsman, musician. He loved being busy and engaged. Later in life, he and Ethel spent their winters first in Yuma, AZ, and then St George, UT. He loved being in St George where many of friends also resided. Evan thought we all should be patriotic for he loved his country.
Evan is survived by his children, Bradley (Betty Krens), Julie, (Scott Cordon, preceded Dad in death Sept, 2007), Paula (Peter Strohmeyer), Barry (Kathy Moosman), Kollynn Pantuso. Fifteen Grandchildren, Russell, Jenny, Natalie, Gary Cordon, Melanie, Lindsay, Shannon, Paul, Jonathan Rudd, Adam, Holly Rudd, Mercedes Yuschak, Angela, Justin, Melissa Pantuso, and 27 Great Grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services for Evan will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home Chapel (111 N. 100 E. – Tremonton, UT). A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Murray Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.