OBITUARY

Roger Lee Evans

July 7, 1951November 3, 2018

Roger Evans July 7, 1951 – November 3, 2018 Fifth-generation rancher, Roger Lee Evans, of Elizabeth, Colorado, passed away on November 3, 2018. He was a beloved son to Leroy and Carol (deceased) and Sue Evans, brother to Ron and wife Melissa, husband to Diane, father to Rider and wife Jamie, Kristi and husband Buddy, and Rory, grandfather to Tawni and Aubri, uncle to Ridge, Lacey and husband Mitch and their two sons Karder and Knox, and friend to all. He spent his life serving the community and impacting the lives of everyone he met. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m., at the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa, Colorado. He found his passion and joy for working with people in the sale ring. Countless auctions of all kinds were his delight, but the 4-H Livestock Auction will always be the highlight of his career. The passion for which he supports each-and-every 4-Her, from the grand champion to the very last animal, he found something to brag about each young person, and always would encourage and convince buyers to spend their money and support the program he held so near and dear. Roger always found a way to serve his community in any way and was an excellent leader as he served as an officer and president of the Elbert/Douglas County Livestock Association, the Elbert County Fair Board and was the Elbert County Assessor for four years. He was proudly elected as president of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association in 2003 and served as a director of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association during that tenure. He worked for 20-years helping to establish the foundation for the award-winning event that the Elizabeth Stampede is today. He was also appointed to the Douglas County Fair Board in 1993, he served on that board until 2014, even announcing the parade for the Castle Rock Chamber for numerous years. Active in 4-H his entire life both as a participant and supporter, he never met a 4-Her he could not relate to. He had a soft-spot for kids and was lovingly known as “Freddy 4-Her,” by his family. Roger was always more than willing to sit and talk to anyone, he never met a stranger. If he didn’t know you, he would by the end of the day. He lived his life as if he always had chores to do: first one out, last one in. He was always looking for something to do and ready to lend a helping hand for any friend in need. He was selfless to say the least. Roger always had a warm smile, a strong handshake, a loving hug and sometimes a kiss for those who needed it or would just let him talk. He loved fellowship and family above all else. As he did with everything in life, he met all of his health struggles in the past few years with a smile, a positive attitude, and as always, a story. He was and always will be the man with a recognizable mustache and the biggest heart of anyone you will ever meet.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kenny Rogers
  • Brook Briddle
  • Fred Pemberton
  • Arlie Gordon
  • Darrick Fehringer
  • Charlie Carnahan

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Roger Lee Evans

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Tayelor Wallace (Blanchard)

January 12, 2019

Evans Family,

I pray for peace to your family in this time. My parents Ed and Amy Blanchard helped me to know Roger through the Douglas County Fair which was a huge part of my childhood. The moment my mom told me he passed I could hear in my head him announcing my brother, myself or so many of the other youth at the sale as "World Class Kids". Whether I was selling a third place pig or a Reserve Grand, Roger made you feel special and one of a kind. A decade has passed since I have seen him last, but his smile will never be forgotten! God received a great man back.

God Bless!

Tayelor Wallace (Blanchard)

Bill and Sallie Ronhaar

November 27, 2018

We had the privilege of knowing Roger through Diane and our mutual activity in the American Land Title Association. It became somewhat of a tradition over the years that at some point during an ALTA event the four of us would get together for dinner - sometimes with other friends and sometimes by ourselves. It is difficult to express how important those dinners became to Sallie and I. We came to love them both and consider them the dearest of friends. Roger's warm heart and wonderful story-telling endeared him to us. I referred to him as "the cowboy" and admired how much he lived his life by "The Cowboys Creed." We will treasure those memories until we meet again!

Patricia (Pytlinski) Baird

November 19, 2018

We were saddened to learn of Roger's passing from the Denver Post obituaries. Unfortunately, traveling prevented us from being at his service. The Pytlinski family has had such wonderful memories of Roger and the entire Evans family. Alice and Roy played a significant role in the lives of our grandparents Zig & Anna and our father Paul when they lived in Elizabeth. Leroy, Carol, Roger and Ron were all very dear to us and we have wonderful memories of visiting them on the ranch. Sadly, with the passing of the parents and grandparents, we have not kept in touch with the family. After reading the many tributes to Roger, it is clear that we missed the opportunity of knowing this wonderful man better. Our sincere condolences go out to all of the family. Roger filled a place that no one else could and will be greatly missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers in the difficult months ahead as you cope with his passing.

With Deepest Sympathy,
The Pytlinski Family

Rose Rogers

November 13, 2018

I was saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. My condolences to Diane and the rest of the family. I met Roger at the auctions that I attended. I so enjoyed when he was the auctioneer. He always had a smile and a kind word, mixed in with teasing, of course. He always made sure to call me out when he saw that I was bidding, always with a kind smile, and most of the time with a funny comment. It sounds as though he contributed a lot to the ranching and 4-H community. His positive influence will certainly continue through the lives he touched. He will be missed. RIP, Roger. Rose Rogers

Cheryl Curtis, R.N.

November 12, 2018

I was privileged to meet Roger and be involved in his care. We immediately became friends and Roger made me feel as though we had known each other for decades. I remember his last phone call to me which was some time in October. He wanted me to come back and be his nurse again. I am devastated at his passing. I will never forget Roger. He was a blessing to all who came in contact with him. Take care Diane and family.

John Carrington Smith

November 11, 2018

Our thoughts and condolences to the Evans family. As I have gone through life I have met a great many people, but none has meant more to me than knowing Roger. A truly “unforgettable gentleman and character”. He will be missed by all he has touched.
John and Jacqueline Smith

Lacey Williams

November 10, 2018

My Tribute to Uncle Roger, Part 2

Uncle Roger liked iced tea with a lot of sugar, was not above driving through McDonald’s to buy his dog a cheeseburger and perfected the handlebar mustache. He was proud to say God Bless the USA, and never knew a stranger.

A friend of mine after seeing a picture of him said, “he looked like the real deal, a true cowboy with the kindest eyes, someone I wish I had known.” She was so right! We are all better for having had him in our lives, and even though it seems unimaginable to go on without him. I know he will always be with us. So next spring when the grass is green and lush, thank Roger. When cattle prices are high, thank Roger, because there is no doubt in my mind, he has already made friends with God and told him at least a dozen stories.

I love you Uncle Roger, always and forever,
Lacey

Lacey Williams

November 10, 2018

My tribute to Uncle Roger, Part 1

“Thanks my love. I know the Lord has a plan, I just don’t know what it is yet. Everything will be alright!! Take care of those two special boys. I love you sweetheart. I will be okay.” This is from a text message Uncle Roger sent me over a year ago. Even when he was the one not feeling well he was making sure we were okay. I loved getting a message from Uncle Roger, it was usually filled with some humor, talked about how he was feeling and always ended with Love you. One message from this Spring when Dad and Uncle Roger flew to Oklahoma for their Uncle’s funeral read, “Hi, your Dad and I are waiting to board the plane. He thinks I know everyone in the world. He said you are just like Lacey-you know everybody. I promise I won’t lose him. Love you Honey.”

Since Uncle Roger did know everyone, we know he loved telling stories. Most of them were true, I think, but I loved listening to my Dad, Uncle Roger and Popie tell stories. We heard the same ones over a hundred times, but they never got old. One that always seemed to get told was the time Popie met Dad and Uncle Roger at the door ready for morning chores and they were just getting home from the night before. If I remember correctly Popie said, “don’t take long to change.” Or the story from one of the last years we provided the cows for the wild cow milking at the Elizabeth Stampede and the "red s.o.b" jumped the arena fence then the baseball field fence before taking off a pickup door and finally stopping right in the middle of the creek during a lightening storm. What I’d give to hear those same stories one more time from Uncle Roger.

Susie Turco

November 9, 2018

Roger was the first "real" cowboy I had ever met back in the early 90's. He dazzled me with his crisp jeans and pressed cowboy shirts, and of course, his charm! He lent my son, Tyler, his full support as well as the the first pair of spurs he ever used when he started rodeo riding Saddle Broncs. We were rodeo beginners, so Roger was very helpful getting Tyler started and educating us about the wonderful rodeo way of life. Roger was a very special friend to Jeremiah and Tyler. So thankful to God that Roger was a dear part of our lives and more of an influence than he ever knew. He will be deeply missed.
Praying for comfort and peace for the hurting family and friends. I know we'll see him again someday in heaven.

Lisa Mackiewicz

November 8, 2018

Dear Evans Family,
May the good Lord ease your pain and comfort you at this time of loss. We have such found memories of Roger. He was an amazing auctioneer and had so many gifts. He has touched all our hearts and will be greatly missed. He will be watching down on Elbert County from above and will be ready with that wonderful smile and mustache with a hand out to greet us when it is our time to retire to greener pastures.
With Sincere Sympathy,
The Mackiewicz Family

Biography

Roger Evans July 7, 1951 – November 3, 2018
Fifth-generation rancher, Roger Lee Evans, of Elizabeth, Colorado, passed away on November 3, 2018. He was a beloved son to Leroy and Carol (deceased) and Sue Evans, brother to Ron and wife Melissa, husband to Diane, father to Rider and wife Jamie, Kristi and husband Buddy, and Rory, grandfather to Tawni and Aubri, uncle to Ridge, Lacey and husband Mitch and their two sons Karder and Knox, and friend to all. He spent his life serving the community and impacting the lives of everyone he met.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m., at the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa, Colorado.
He found his passion and joy for working with people in the sale ring. Countless auctions of all kinds were his delight, but the 4-H Livestock Auction will always be the highlight of his career. The passion for which he supports each-and-every 4-Her, from the grand champion to the very last animal, he found something to brag about each young person, and always would encourage and convince buyers to spend their money and support the program he held so near and dear.
Roger always found a way to serve his community in any way and was an excellent leader as he served as an officer and president of the Elbert/Douglas County Livestock Association, the Elbert County Fair Board and was the Elbert County Assessor for four years. He was proudly elected as president of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association in 2003 and served as a director of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association during that tenure. He worked for 20-years helping to establish the foundation for the award-winning event that the Elizabeth Stampede is today. He was also appointed to the Douglas County Fair Board in 1993, he served on that board until 2014, even announcing the parade for the Castle Rock Chamber for numerous years.
Active in 4-H his entire life both as a participant and supporter, he never met a 4-Her he could not relate to. He had a soft-spot for kids and was lovingly known as “Freddy 4-Her,” by his family. Roger was always more than willing to sit and talk to anyone, he never met a stranger. If he didn’t know you, he would by the end of the day. He lived his life as if he always had chores to do: first one out, last one in. He was always looking for something to do and ready to lend a helping hand for any friend in need. He was selfless to say the least. Roger always had a warm smile, a strong handshake, a loving hug and sometimes a kiss for those who needed it or would just let him talk. He loved fellowship and family above all else.
As he did with everything in life, he met all of his health struggles in the past few years with a smile, a positive attitude, and as always, a story. He was and always will be the man with a recognizable mustache and the biggest heart of anyone you will ever meet.