Former Idaho Governor John Evans Passes Away


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Former Idaho Governor John V. Evans, 89, died early this Tuesday morning. His son, John Evans Jr. said he passed away surrounded with his family at 2:42 a.m.
Former Governor Evans had really never recovered from his third hip replacement, his son said. The family moved him to Boise following surgery for his recovery, but was never able to walk again.
Evans was active as the president of the D.L. Evans bank. He was named to that position when he retired from politics in 1987. The former Governor graduated from the Malad High School. He then served in the Philippians in World War II as a sergeant in the Army. He graduated Stanford University with a degree in business and economics. When he returned to Idaho he moved to Malad where he worked with the family bank, ranch and the Evan’s Co-op Department store. He became the mayor of Malad. Then ran for Lt. Governor where he won that election in 1976. When Governor Cecil Andrus left to become the U.S. Interior secretary in 1977, Evans became the governor of Idaho. He later won two more terms as the governor serving in the position from 1977 to 1987.
In 1987 when he became president of the D.L. Evans bank there were only two locations, one in Burley and another in Albion. Since then the bank has expanded and will have 26 branches by the end of the year, according to his son.
His funeral will probably be in Boise and will be laid to rest in Malad, his son said. Those details are currently being worked out with the rest of the family.

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