OBITUARY

John Clarence Evans Jr.

November 21, 1955September 4, 2021

John Clarence Evans, Jr., age 65, passed away due to leukemia on September 4, 2021, surrounded by his family at his home in Eaton Rapids. He was born on November 21, 1955 in Lincoln Nebraska, to parents John Clarence Evans, Sr. and Sarah Marjorie (Cain) Evans.

He married Lavonna in 1985 and they shared 36 years together. He adored Lavonna and was the world’s best dad to his girls- Lynnsilee and Elise. His granddaughter, Nadia was the twinkle in his eye. He graduated from Harry Hill High School in 1973 and completed a degree in computer sciences at LCC. John started his career at Mobile TV in Lansing, MI, and then transitioned to Spartan Electronics in Jackson for over 20 years. He studied to become a Master CNE (one of only 8 in the nation receiving this designation). He dedicated the rest of his career with Michigan State University as a Systems Administrator.

John was a very punny guy and his laugh was contagious to all around him. He was a wonderful friend to many. He shared a love for dad jokes, Astronomy, MSU, the Timeless series, good food, and his church, Thrive Church (formerly Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church).

John is survived by his wife Lavonna Lee (Craig) Evans, his daughters Lavonna Lynnsilee (Adrian) Alvera and Elise Evans, granddaughter Nadia Alvera, sisters Sharon (Darren) Frye, Ruth (John) Slate, and many -in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and great aunts Ruth Manion and Pearl Runyan who were very dear to him.

A visitation is scheduled Friday, September 10th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Gorsline Runciman, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI followed by a graveside service 1:30 pm at Evergreen Cemetery 1709 East Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, MI.

All are welcome to attend a celebration of John’s life at the MSU Horticulture Gardens, 578 Wilson Rd. Lot 46 on Sunday, September 12th at 1:00 pm, which is Grandparents Day.

MSU attire is welcomed for John's visitation, graveside service and celebration of life.

Please come prepared to share a private dad joke or pun with the family.

Per family request masks are required for all indoor services.

The family would like to thank the caregivers on 5 West (Sparrow’s oncology floor), his MSU colleagues, Thrive Church, and extended family for all of their love and support for John.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center, 1140 East Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grlansing.com for the Evans family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 10, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, September 10, 2021

Memories

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Paula Metts (Ketchum)

September 17, 2021

This one is for you John…though you will always be “Johnny” to me:

A weasel walked into a restaurant and sat down.
The waiter said, “Hmmm, I’ve never had a weasel in here before…
So, what can I get you to drink?”

“POP !” goes the weasel.

You will be missed my old friend and neighbor!

Carol Adado

September 12, 2021

John was an amazing work friend even though we never worked side by side. He bailed me out of many computer problems and always told me I wasn't bothering him! LOL! He ws a kind person and I know he saved us all who wern't computer geeks, which I was one. My condolances to your family, may he rest in peace.

Victor Lounds

September 10, 2021

Thank you to the family for allowing us to share in the memory of such a friendly, patient and humble man -- Ecc 7:2 -- It was a pleasure to work with 'The Punnisher' and to also make him laugh

"Ha-haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa".

While I was well aware of his burden related to his health he always kept everything on the up-and-up. Your family is in our prayers as we look forward to the promise of seeing our loved ones again in the resurrection -- John 5:28, 29

Jim Kendall

September 10, 2021

I count it a privilege to have had an acquaintance with John. He was one solid person as a man. He was so brillant, yet so humble. He always did his best to take time to help people, especially those of us who had problems with computers.
While he was so brillant and many times appeared to be so serious, I enjoy his unique sense of humor. Sometimes I had to stop and think of what he said, then I'd really have a chuckle.
Certainly, in many ways he was a great, yet humble man. We'll miss you John. May you now rest and enjoy your rewards for a life well lived.

Diane Needham

September 9, 2021

Dear Lavonna and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences. John was a great guy. Very kind and gentle. I pray that God will bless and comfort you.
💕 Love,
Diane Needham

Ronald Wright

September 9, 2021

Lavonna, so sorry for your loss. JJ was an inspiration to many and was one of the very best. He was always proud of his family and their accomplishments. Rest in Peace JJ.

Donyelle Hayhoe

September 9, 2021

John and I worked football, along with his daughter. I loved our chats and laughs while I road the elevator and stopped on their floor at the MSU tower!
What a wonderful, kind man! You will truly be missed
-Donyelle Hayhoe

Kimberly C

September 9, 2021

I remember you. I remember your smile, your laugh and the sound of your voice. I hear it in my head even now. I remember your "dad" jokes and silly puns...jokes and puns that were so bad you couldn't help but laugh. I remember your family visit to my condo in NC...and the terrible sun burn all of you got while at the beach, but yours worse than the rest. I remember the sound of your CPAP mask in the night and wondered how my sister could possibly sleep through that and it made me chuckle. I remember our visit to Michigan, bringing with us our 2 miniature dachshunds and how tickled you were when we were leaving the house and as I opened the door to their crate both pups went right in without a single word from me...you were so fascinated and amazed about something that was entirely ordinary to me. I realized in that moment that you saw the world differently from so many of us, you found fun and joy in things many of us take for granted. You stopped and smelled the roses while the rest of us walked right past them. You were genuine...an exceptionally rare quality in humans. You are rare, more rare than than the rarest, most precious metal or gem in the universe. In losing you, the world has lost an irreplaceable being that gave far more than he ever took. I can't begin to image what my sister and nieces are going through and wish I could ease their pain. I will never forget the things I learned about life from you, you will forever live on in the hearts and minds of those you touched throughout your life, and the hearts and minds of your wife and daughters more than anyone. I do love you and will miss you, but I refuse to say goodbye because I'll see you again someday.

Mary Matthews

September 8, 2021

I meet John through a Novell user's group, and got to know him better at various conferences and simply chatting about random life "stuff". He was such a sweet soul, always kind, and fun to be around. Loved hearing about his family, he was so proud of all his girls, and so enjoying being a grandfather. I will miss his "dad jokes" and touching base about various tech.

Much love to his family, so sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY