Dou­glas Evans

Jan­uary 12, 2018

The Citizens' Voice - - Obituaries / Nation -

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.

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