Evan P. Wright, age 87, died on August 27, 1998 in Marietta, Georgia.
He was born in Salt Lake City on February 24, 1911, son of Walter and Emily Jeremy Wright. He graduated from LDS High School and attended the U of U. He was an Eagle Scout, Ram Patrol, a nationally honored unit. He served a mission in South Africa 1930-1933. He held may ward and stake positions including three branch Presidencies, three high council positions and was on the LDS Church VIP Committee. He was Mission President in South Africa 1948-1953.In his business life he was a Restaurateur and pioneered Drive-in Restaurants and ice cream in South Africa. He was a tour director and had a real estate business. He traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America. He was nicknamed "Mr. Africa" by President David O. McKay. In his later years he wrote three books and compiled five more about Africa.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 62 years, Jean Douglass Wright; his daughter, Barbara Jean Banchero; his sons, Douglass Walter and Evan Jeremy; his sister, Barbara Wright Williams; 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Olive Webb, Virginia Robinson, and Jeanne Gunn.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Kidney Pancreas Transplant Fund for Rebecca Banchero would be appreciated to the South Trust Bank, 670 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068, Attn: Amy.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 1998 at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive, where friends may call on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:45-1:45 p.m. prior to service. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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