William Tyndale Evans Obituary
William Tyndale Evans passed away on February 21, 2011, at the age of 92. He was born October 26, 1918, on a ranch near Downey, Idaho, to William and Chloe Ware Evans . He had an older brother, Stan, and a younger sister, Gwen. He grew up there, attending school, living and working in Downey and the surrounding area. He was well-known as a hard worker, had a deep rich singing voice, was a graceful dancer, and loved to share fun times with family & friends.
Tyndale fell in love and married his childhood sweetheart, Phyllis Underwood, in 1937, at Pocatello, Idaho. This marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple. They worked on his Dad’s ranch and pool at Downata Hot Springs. This is where he developed his life-long love of swimming, which he continued until the week before his death. Three sons joined them, Claire in 1938, Eric in 1943 and Morgan in 1949.
Tyndale was drafted in 1944, served in WWII as a Sgt. in the Army, training soldiers for combat at Camp Roberts, California. He was honorably discharged, returning home to purchase a ranch south of Downey, Idaho, where he resided until his death. He loved training horses, raising wheat, hay and cattle and working with his wife and sons, of whom he was so proud, on the ranch.
Tyndale was involved in many community organizations and activities. He was Secretary of the Mink Creek Cattle Association for over 30 years; served on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Cattle Association; Downey Grain Growers Association Board; Downey Grange Board, Lions Club; President and Secretary, American Legion; sang with Phyllis and various singing groups throughout the years.. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in the Bishopric, the High Council and attended the temple regularly.
With Phyllis’s death in l989, after 52 years of marriage, Tyndale was blessed to find a wonderful woman to spend the rest of his life. Married in 1990, Rose Lee Williams Hill and Tyndale spent the last 21 years sharing their lives together. This has been a true blessing for them and their families.
William Tyndale Evans leaves behind his beloved family; wife, Rose Lee; three sons; Claire (Jackie),
Eric (Lynnette), and Morgan (Charla); 22 Grandchildren; and 38 Great-Grandchildren.
Step-Children; Barbara, Bonnie, Brenda (Ross ), Bill ( Julie), and Jim; and 5 Step-Grandchildren.
His parents, William Evans and Chloe Ware Evans, wife Phyllis, brother Stan Evans and sister Gwen Evans Davis preceded him in death.
Tyndale served his family, church and community throughout his entire life with dignity, respect and integrity. He left a legacy for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren , friends and relatives to cherish. He will be remembered as a great patriarch and a fine example. We are indeed blessed to be uplifted by such a positive force in our lives.. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011, at noon at the Downey LDS Ward Chapel.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, February 24, 2011, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church and Friday, February 25, 2011, from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Horsley’s March Valley Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.horsleyfuneralhome.com
A special thanks to the Downey Ambulance EMT’S and Portneuf Regional Medical Center Doctors, Nurses and Staff who gave such wonderful care to Tyndale during his recent illness