January 12, 2018
Douglas Evans died on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.
Our “Mighty Mo” has joined his brothers and parents after an amazing life.
To grieve Doug, you have to have known Doug — God only gives “special” children to very special people — 63 years ago, July 19, 1954, Doug was born to the late Benjamin and Ruth Williams Evans Sr. He was given only a year to live, but his strong constitution along with his family’s love and attention proved otherwise.
Doug was the younger brother to Benjamin, Robert, David and his loving and always faithful sister, Susan. All of whom loved and cared for Doug and shared in his accomplishments, being one of the first classes of children with disabilities, Doug worked hard and achieved praise from his teachers and all involved in the groundbreaking program.
Doug’s Down Syndrome didn’t stop him from participating in the world around him. He was a Boy Scout, a faithful member of his church, the former Christ United, now Wyoming Valley Presbyterian.
Douglas was in his own right a teacher, to those who knew him, he taught us patience, he taught us loyalty and discipline — Doug, got up in the morning, had breakfast, got on the van, went to work (United Rehabilitation Service), 30 years of service, came home, had dinner with family, watched faithfully (Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy) took a bath and went to bed to commune with the angles.
Douglas was a man of few words, because of his disability he found speaking difficult, but if he wanted you clearly understood his yes and no.
Douglas traveled with his family, enjoying cruises, the Macy’s Parade, the Rose Bowl Parade and especially his road trips with his brother, Robert, to Key West.
Douglas shared in his family’s strong faith commitment and because of this one must remember God only picks the best flowers to go into his bouquet in heaven.
The family would like to thank his caregivers at Hampton House for their love and compassion, especially One “C” wing nurses and aides and also Heartland Hospice.
Douglas is survived by his sister, Susan (Manny) Pons; his brother, David (Margaret); sister-in-law, Theresa Evans; nephews, nieces and cousins.
Family and friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Kniffen O’Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Wilkes-Barre.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church, 2 Lockhart St., Wilkes-Barre. Please go directly to the church if attending. The Rev. Lee Zortman will be officiating.
Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hampton House residents care fund or Wyoming Valley Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be sent to www.kniffenfuneralhome. com.