Wendell Earl Evensen, beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, age 60, died April 15, 1991 after a prolonged illness.
Born Aug. 26, 1930 in Durango, Colo. to Axel Hermand Evensen and Pearl Ethel Stivers. He married Louanne Peterson Sept. 11, 1958 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. He was Salt Lake City Water superintendent. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was a High Priest in the Olumpus 4th Ward. He particularly was excited about the recent spread of the gospel to Eastern European nations and traveled to the Soviet Union in 1990 to witness events first hand and visit his son, who works for the State Department. He served a full-time mission to Norway from 1954-1957. He held several positions in church, including Scout Master, stake missionary, Stake Young Men's president, bishops's counselor and High Councilor. He was an avid genealogist. His family ws his main concern in life. He edited a monthly family newsletter, the "Evensen Heritage", which he sent to extended family members worldwide.The recipient of the Rocky Mountain Regional Scholarship, he attended Yale University and graduated in 1952 with a degree in civil engineering. He did graduate work in engineering at Colorado State University at Ft. collins, Colo. from 1957-58. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954. He then served in the Air Force Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1960.
Before moving to Salt Lake City in 1977, he worked in the public works department for the cities of Durango, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz. He was American Water Works Association Intermountain Section chairman from 1986-87.
He is survived by his wife; four brothers, Glenn, Harrietsham, England; Clifford, Durango, Colo.; Norman, Waukegan, Ill.; and Maurice, Rye, Colo.; two sisters, Zada, Boise, Idaho; and Agda, Stockton, Calif.; four children, Alan, Moscow, Soviet Union; Glenn Eric, Portland, Oreg.; Darrel, Logan; and Diane Smith, Bern, Switzerland; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday at noon in the Olumpus Stake Center, 4500 So. and 2700 East. Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, and Friday at the church from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 South 1700 East.
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