Originally created 03/02/05

Mr. James Evans (HAILEY, ID.)



HAILEY, ID. - James Alderman Evans passed away peacefully in his home in Hailey, Idaho on February 22, 2005 in the company of his beloved wife of 37 years, Tewatennietha Evans. Born Feb. 6, 1931 in Augusta Georgia, Jim graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta Georgia, attended the University of Georgia and served four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Korean War before moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands where he and his brother Bill Evans, now in Bellevue, Idaho, pioneered the development of St. Thomas' East End. One of many accomplishments was creating Cowpet Bay, the first condominiums in the Caribbean, an environmentally sound development featured in National Geographic Magazine. Jim remained involved there in many ways for over four decades; establishing a Montessori School, as a founder of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, and beginning a local chapter of Rotary Club International to name a fewÉ Later, he and his wife supported Virgin Islanders who struggled with mental illness and substance abuse by sponsoring events including "Pow Wow in Paradise" and the Caribbean premiere of Dances with Wolves. With his wife and son he also helped establish and support a local Idaho Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. He founded San Sebastian Marine in St. Augustine Florida, which produced wooden fishing vessels and steel- hulled ships before setting sail himself for South America. During his colorful life he traveled extensively, including safari Africa, being detained in Castro's Cuba, and mixing well with the Mohawks of Kanawake, Quebec. He was an able sea captain, scuba diver, aircraft pilot, restaurateur, gentleman farmer and honorary Kentucky Colonel and a wonderful storyteller. He retired in the Wood River Valley in 1987 enjoying many friendships and exploring with his horse and faithful dog Mac at his side. He will be remembered for his strength of character, loyalty to his fami ly and love of his country. He was known by all for his kindness, generosity of spirit, and eagerness for adventure with a big smile and a glimmer in his eyes. He always said he wanted to "die with his boots on" and he succeeded. His greatest work was as a father, husband and friend. He will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife Tewa, children; Tracy, Julie, Tony and Chris Evans, and their families, including three grand-daughters, Rachel, Baharea, and Luci Evans, his brother, Bill Evans and wife Helen, niece and nephews, Tara Evans Shimberg, Houston Evans, and Bill Edwards. Sister- in-law Nadine Horne and her son Nick Mosca. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Wood River Valley. A celebration of Mr. Evans' life will take place at the Light on the Mountain Spiritual Center on Saturday March 5th at 3:00 p.m. There will also be memorials held in Augusta, Georgia, Isle of Palms South Carolina, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, to be announced at a later date. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle March 2, 2005