Obituary: EVANS, T MAX

Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:33 p.m. MDT

T. Max EvansMay 25, 1927 ~ September 7, 2011He was a singer and a salesman, a father and a fast friend, a husband, a brother and beloved son. He loved cars and golf, and music of all kinds, but especially he loved the music of the human voice.He died Wednesday September 7, 2011 of complications related to dementia. Max was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Thad M. Evans and Iris Rhodes Evans. He was preceded in death by his twin sisters, Beth E. Folsom and Betty E. Wilson and by his brother, Richard V. Evans. Max was married three times and is survived by seven children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was married to Colleen V. Evans, later divorced; survived by their six children; Janice Evans, Jayne E. Reznick (Mike), Thad V. Evans, Tracey Evans, Shauna E. Douglass (John) and Brooke Evans. Also survived by granddaughter Ashley Painter and great-granddaughter Dylan Painter. Max later married Evelyn R. Evans who preceded him in death; they are survived by their daughter Kristen E. Fenton (Stephen) and their children Darcy, Max, Lilly and Cooper. Max is also survived by three stepsons, Steven Teerlink (Julie), David Teerlink (Julie) and Andrew Teerlink (Candace.) Subsequent to Evelyn R. Evans's death, Max married Jane Bradford; later divorced. He attended West High School and the University of Utah. His beautiful singing voice was his gift. It was pure and rich as a bass bell. He shared his gift with countless music lovers around the world. He preferred singing in groups to the solo spotlight. In the Evans family tradition, he sang in many quartets and choruses throughout his life, including the Ambassador Quartet.His voice served him as he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Africa 1948-50 where he sang secular and sacred songs as part of his calling. During his mission, and for the whole of his life, Max made lifelong friends who valued his genial good nature and wonderful sense of humor.For 23 years, Max sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the era where it achieved great national and international acclaim, including the original recording of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" which became one of the Choir's signature numbers, and one of America's national anthems. Max loved singing in Choir with his aunt, the legendary contralto, Jessie Evans Smith, wife of Joseph Fielding Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Max made his living as a salesman in the janitorial supply industry with Lovinger Company, later, Waxie Sanitary Supply. Max's integrity and commitment to serving his customers made him a legend in his field. He enjoyed his work and counted his employers, colleagues and customers as his friends. He kept in touch with them following his retirement after 46 years in the business.Max's children wish to thank the many caregivers and medical professionals at Mt. Olympus Rehabilitation Center and CareSource Hospice who looked after our father during his long illness; we also recognize the caregivers at Murray Care Center and Garden Terrace. We will be forever grateful for their kindness and loving care.Friends and family are invited to share memories and celebrate Max's life on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the East Millcreek Stake Center, 3103 Craig Drive (3625 South), Salt Lake City. The viewing will be from 10:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m, followed by a funeral service at 12 p.m, NOON.Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.