6/13/21 ~ 4/30/04
- Evan L., as he was affectionately referred to by his lifelong sweetheart, Marylene, lived his long productive life the way he wanted, brimming over with hard work, abiding spirituality and loving service as evidenced by his deep devotion to God, Family and Country, and the calluses on his hands. He graduated magna cum laude from the Murphy University School of Hard Knocks and with a Doctorate in Practicality /Common Sense and a Master of Life Skills Degree.
The first three days of the week preceding his death were filled doing what he most enjoyed: working with his brother and sons building an irrigation pipeline on the family ranch and operating his D-4 Caterpillar in that process. Thursday and Friday were spent associating with his beloved colleagues as an Ordinance Worker at the Manti Temple. He collapsed Friday afternoon while on duty at the temple and passed away a few hours later at the Gunnison Valley Hospital on April 30, 2004.
He was born June 13, 1921 to Lamar A. and Miriam Stephenson Dastrup in Sigurd, Utah.
A natural leader, Evan served in many church capacities through the years, including service as a member of the Stake High Council and as a Bishop. As dedicated Scouter and Scout Master, Evan was instrumental in helping six young men become Sigurd Ward's first Eagle Scouts. He and his wife Marylene, served an LDS Temple Mission to Seoul, Korea from 1991-1993.
He appreciated the arts and was an avid reader of fine writing, both poetry and prose. He loved great music in a variety of genre, everything from classical to big band and jazz. He had a lifelong fascination with airplanes. During World War II he served in overseas combat in the European Theater as a B-24 bomber pilot. Later he joined the Air Force Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
A father of 15 children, 82 grandchildren and 40 (at the moment) great-grandchildren, he considered his family his highest priority and greatest accomplishment.
He is survived by his wife, Marylene; children, Kenn (Jan) Dastrup, Pat (Brent) Groth, Jerald (Judy) Dastrup, Jeanne (Brian) Hatch, Camille (Roger) Whipple, Scott (Gina) Dastrup, Sherrie (Neal) Hammond, Deanna (Mike) Messina, Paula (Bill) Larson, Annette (Chet) Wilkins, Kaye (Chuck) Spence and Randy (Elin) Dastrup. He is also survived by a brother, Mack (Norma) Dastrup and a sister, Phyllis (Jim) Drake. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lamar and Miriam Dastrup; brothers, DeReece and Linford; sons, Evan Glenn, James Brian and William Stanley; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sigurd LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call at the Neal S. Magleby & Sons Mortuary, 50 South 100 West, Richfield, on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the ward chapel in Sigurd on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30. Burial will be in the Sigurd Cemetery with Military Rites by the V.F.W. Sevier Post #5050.
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