OBITUARY

Jimmy Dale Evans

August 27, 1954January 8, 2021
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James (Jimmy) Dale Evans August 27, 1954 – January 8, 2021

Austin, Texas, lost a homegrown hero on Friday afternoon, January 8, 2021. Surrounded by his sons, Webb and Troup Evans, Jimmy Dale Evans died peacefully at Seton Williamson Hospital after experiencing cardiac arrest in his sleep on Monday morning.

Evans is survived by his two sons, Webb James Evans and Troup Jacob Evans and their mother Gretchen Webb Evans. He is also survived by his sister, Frances Evans Blank, and his brother, Jay Curtis Evans (and wife Lynn). Jimmy Dale leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, and a host of long-time friends. He is also survived by his dedicated friend, Colby Leigh Cotton.

He is predeceased by his mother, Virginia Knight Evans, his father, J.C. (Jake) Evans, his sister, Joella Evans Waters, and his brother-in-law, Martin Blank.

Building on the legacy and reputation for construction excellence of J. C. Evans Company, established by Jake in 1955 and later expanded under the leadership of brothers Jay and Jimmy, Jimmy and Gretchen formed a new construction company, Jimmy Evans Company, in 1991. Operating for more than 31 years in Austin, San Antonio, and throughout central Texas, Jimmy attributed much of the company’s success to a dedicated staff which he considered to be his extended family. It was a source of great pride for Jimmy that company leadership will continue through his sons, whom he loved dearly. They will carry on his legacy of integrity, success, and vision.

Evans was proud of his involvement with Rodeo Austin, serving on the board for years, culminating in his serving as President in 1991. He eagerly and generously supported children and teens with their youth livestock projects.

Jimmy’s fingerprints are all over central Texas. Alongside his brother Jay, the J. C. Evans Company and later, the Jimmy Evans Company, spent his life into building many of the familiar structures in and around Austin.

Jimmy could be brash, and his language was “colorful;” however, his love of and dedication to Jesus Christ shone through his heart and his hands, through his generosity and compassion. And he was generous beyond imagining. Jimmy supported Meals on Wheels and Community First, and during the raging fires in Bastrop, Jimmy sent equipment and employees to help stop the spread of the devastation. He supported innumerable missions and ministries.

He was proud of his Texas heritage, and this big man with an even bigger heart, displayed the same attitude of Texas Grit, whether in times of bounty or in times of lack. He was a visionary and a change-maker who never accepted defeat. One of his hallmarks was his fierce loyalty to those he loved. An avid outdoorsman, it was one of Jimmy’s great delights to share his love of hunting and fishing and the outdoors with his family and friends.

A Prayer for Fishermen

I pray that I may live to fish… Until my dying day.

And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray:

When in the Lord’s great landing net And peacefully asleep That in His mercy I be judged Big enough to keep.

This larger than life man knew no stranger and is loved by many. His sons, Webb and Troup, invite you to celebrate his life.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 13, from 5 to 8 pm at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd, in Austin, Texas, and a Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 14, at 3 PM in the Life Austin Amphitheater on 8901 Highway 71 West, Austin, Texas.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jay Evans, Pallbearer
  • Brad Waters, Pallbearer
  • Danny Waters, Pallbearer
  • Craig Winn, Pallbearer
  • Jed Evans, Pallbearer
  • Dennard Gilpin, Pallbearer
  • Randy Nelson, Pallbearer
  • Randy McEachern, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Ray Short II

January 15, 2021

My condolences to the family. I had the opportunity to work for Jimmy and was grateful for the opportunity. May your spirit fly high and may you Rest In Peace. Webb and Troup sorry for your loss. Your father was an amazing man.

Brandon Parsons

January 15, 2021

I grew up with Webb and some could say I grew up under Jimmy's roof. He was the Godfather of our friend group - bringing people together, cracking jokes, offering advice on everything from women to business, and always trying to make us better men. I fondly remember staying up late with Jimmy, smoking cigars on the dock, and drinking expensive wine that I could not appreciate at the time. We disagreed on many things, politics primarily, but I always had the utmost respect for his opinion and guidance.

Back in early 2008, Webb ran his Chevy diesel smack dab into the front of my new mustang. Without missing a beat Jimmy lent me that diesel and paid for my repairs. It being 2008 and me being a "damn liberal", I immediately slapped an Obama sticker on the back of Jimmy's truck. Within about an hour, Webb and I got pulled out of class to meet Jimmy in the parking lot where he watched with what I imagine to be deep satisfaction as I scrapped that sticker off into the trash.

As the years ran on, we fell out of touch except for the occasional butt dial from him which sparked a smile and fond memories. But in April 2016, my dad passed away. Immediately upon hearing the news Jimmy called me directly and told me just how much my dad had meant to him, how he would be praying for our family, and that if I ever needed anything he would be there. A lot of people said similar things at the time but knowing Jimmy - he meant it. There was not a disingenuous bone in Jimmy's body, and I believe if I had needed anything, anywhere in the world, Jimmy would have been there.

I am deeply saddened by his passing, but I know wholeheartedly that he is in a better place - feasting with his family and waiting for his sons. He built an incredible legacy and impacted more lives than he likely knew. While he is gone from this earth his humor, values, and kindness live on through us all.

Rest in peace and God bless.

David Kline

January 15, 2021

“Please accept my sympathy”
David Kline

Jed Evans

January 12, 2021

Jed Evans

January 12, 2021

Jed Evans

January 12, 2021

Jed Evans

January 12, 2021

Jed Evans

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Linda Raven Dubuisson

January 12, 2021

Jimmy thank you for your service to your community. I was lucky enough to work close by your side as you served as President of Rodeo Austin. We learned from and laughed with each other often. I cherish those memories. You may be gone from this world but will not be forgotten. RIP my friend. Linda R

Nick Bressi

January 11, 2021

Jimmy was my favorite client.
He was so generous with his time and talents and always wanted to “do the right thing “ even in heated litigation I handled for him. This Christmas he gave me this awesome bbq set with my name engraved on it. It was beautiful and one of the best gifts I have ever received from a client. I called him to thank him and of course we talked about grilling fish for 15 minutes. Little did I know that would be our last conversation.

He will surely be missed greatly.

God be with you now Jimmy.

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