Clay Evans, 79, dies in Alpine one Oct. 23

MARFA – Prominent Presidio County rancher Jesse Clay Evans, 79 of Marfa, died Oct. 23, 2015, in Alpine surrounded by his loving family. He was the owner of Evans Ryan Ranch in Marfa. The Evans Ryan Ranch was the location where the world famous movie “Giant” was filmed. He was born on March 30, 1936, in El Paso to well-known ranchers Worth and Katherine (Espy) Evans of Fort Davis. He was a graduate of Fort Davis High School and attended Texas Tech University and Sul Ross State University where he was a member of the rodeo team.In the 1960s and 1970s he furnished cattle for various large rodeos and ropings across the country, including the daddy of them all, Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne,Wyoming. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Highland Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Rancher Award which encompassed 52 Texas counties. He served as a member of the Marfa Independent School District Board of Trustees and was on the board of the Production Credit Association. He was also a member of the Ranching Heritage Association, Rodeo Alumni Association, The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and he was a Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association He was an excellent horseman and cattleman. He also enjoyed sharing memories and reminiscing of the sport that was near and dear to his heart, rodeo. Later in life he enjoyed hunting coyotes, fishing and riding with "The Dune Buggy Boys" and hosting his annual antelope hunt. He is preceded in death by his parents Worth and Katherine Evans, his wife La Blanche (Davis) Evans, his son Jesse Clay Evans, Jr. and his brother J.W. (Bub) Evans. He is survived by his friend and companion of 25 years Anne Powell of Marfa; his son Sidney Worth Evans and wife Chrysti and their three children; Alexis Evans, Launa Evans, Ruby Worth Evans all of Burnet and his daughter Kimberly Knuell Evans of Fredericksburg, and her two children Kendall Harris of Highmore, SD and Ryan Harris of Gillette, WY. He is also survived by his niece Jean Ann Fort and her husband Bill Fort and their three children Drew Leeton, Holly Manahan and Mimi Fort; his nephew Curtis Evans of Fort Davis and his two children Curtis Evans, II and Agee Ann Evans as well as numerous family members and beloved friends. A celebration of life was Oct. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church in Marfawith the Reverend Dr. Gary Dill officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Curtis Evans, Souli Shanklin, Bill Parrott, Joe Williams, Lane Foltyn and John Lannom. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Bill Fort, Red Brown, Richard Gates, Joe Harris, Hayes Mitchell, Cliff Lambert, Armando Bustamente, Gene Everett, “The Dune Buggy Boys”, Robert Pruett, Mike Livingston and Jake Shanklin. He will always be remembered for his honesty, integrity and for possessing the highest standard of honor and conduct, his sense of humor and sound judgment. His smile could light up a room with his rare sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the Clay Evans family kindly asks that a donation  to your favorite charity be made in his memory. The Clay Evans family has entrusted Alpine Memorial Funeral Home with funeral arrangements.
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