PERSONAL

My home is West of Tucson in the Arizona desert.

I have been married to the same woman since 1963. 
I consider it a privilege to have such a fine life partner
  • We have 3 fine grown children
  • We enjoy 4 grandkids
  • We live an active retired life at TEPOA a 55+ community
(Tucson Estates Property Owners Accociation)
  • We are financially stable and donate to colleges and several charities

Youth
I was born and lived in Alamosa,Colorado, USA San Luis Valley (1941-1962). I was born in 1941, at the Alamosa hospital and lived in Alamosa for 5 years. My family lived in a duplex near the ASC campus. I would walk to ASC (Adams State College) for preschool. It can be argued that I started ASC at age 5 in 1946. My family moved in 1947 to Sargent, (1948-1954) to Center, (1954-1955) to Home Lake, and (1955-1962) to Monte Vista.

While in 6th grade at Center Colorado.  I was an Alamosa Courier paper carrier at age of 12.  I also did yard work for the “rich” people in Center (Banker, Pharmacists, cattle rancher).  I earn 25¢-40¢ per hour.  In the 1950, schools took a two week break for potato harvest .  I picked potatoes which was back breaking work but good money.

My family was middle class in 1940-1960.  My father earned enough for the basics.  We never owned the home and rented.  I would be the first of our family to go to college.  I knew I would have to pay my own way.
Summer Jobs
I got a job as a fry cook at the local A&W Root Beer stand at aged 15.  When I reached 16, I applied for and got a job with US Forest Service (Rio Grand office).   The Forest Service was a Monday-Friday job, so I continued to work weekends (Friday night-Sunday) at the A&W.   I had two jobs to earn money for college.   No time to play, but that also kept me from spending money. I got free meals and all the A&W Root Beer I could drink while saving for college.
College

I  applied to Adams State for admission and financial aid.  Early in my senior year at Monte Vista High School,  I was called to the principals office on day.  The school superintendent (Mr Bricker) gave me great news -- I had been awarded the Alamosa Elks Club scholarship.  The scholarship covered full tuition for 3 quarters for the next 4 years.   (Tuition was $35/quarter or $105/year).   This scholarship money plus the money I earned, and a National Defense loan paid for my Adams State tuition and room/board.


I enrolled in the 1959 fall quarter, I was on the road toward my future.  I planned to be a teacher and enrolled as a education major.  I was good at science and math so I switched majors.  I also discovered you could take a heavy course load for no extra charge and elected to take 18-22 hours each quarter.  This accelerated schedule allowed me to graduadate in three years but little social life. 
I took almost every mathematics, chemistry, and physics class available, resulting in a triple major extended.  My best semester grade wise was 21 hr of A and 1 hr of B.  The B was in basketball
{a required physical education class}.
I enjoyed studying, the classes and the professors were awesome.  My time spent at Adams State were some of the happiest and most challenging of my life.


My only regret, as I move toward the happy hunting grounds, is that I did not take more classes devoted to art and music.  A good book, music, painting are my focus now.  Subjects once very important, like thermodynamics, differential equations, analytic chemistry have faded in importance.  We should take time to enjoy sunsets, nature and other people.

While at Adams State, I found time to take an on-campus jobs.  I was a Chemistry laboratory assistant, dorm counselor and the most time consuming, I was the main (only) operator of the Adams State College duplication machine.  You need to understand that the copy machines of today did not exist in 1960's.   Carbon paper was used for 2-4 copies.  When large numbers of copies were need, the information was typed on a stencil.  The stencil was run off on the memograph machine. The mimeograph (my) office was in the lower level of Richardson Hall below where the current copy center is located.  It had a dirt floor but that make clean up of spilled ink a just cover it up job.

I graduated from Adams State in summer of 1962. My BSS degree (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics) (cum laud e) was the highlight for me and my family.  I was the first of the Evans to get a college degree.

In fall 1962, I enrolled in Kansas State University with a goal of major in Mathematics.  I was teaching assistant so I got in-state tuition.  I earned $105/month ($115/month in the second year.)
I graduated in Spring 1964 with a MS in Math.
Marrage and Family
The most important event while at Kansas State was that I met my future wife.  We both were graduate students. 
I met her in fall 1962, ask her to be my wife, and in spring of 1963 were married.

We lived in college married student housing.  Like other college students, money was tight.    That year our first child was born soon after my graduation.  

We have 3 grown children (boy, girl, boy) all college graduates, and married.  We have 4 grandchildren (1boy and 3 girls).   The oldest,  is a sophmore in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.