Evan T Weeks left this life surrounded by his loving family early Monday morning, June 21st, 2021 in his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 72. Evan, who shared a living space with his twin sister for nine months, was born 7 minutes before her on December 8th, 1948. Humorously, his family envision a conversation between Evan and his sister Evelyn T Inga, where he proclaims, “I am seven minutes older than you,” followed quickly by her retort, “But I have been in heaven for a year and a day longer than you,” as they passed away within hours of each other, on summer solstices one year apart. After a valiant battle against melanoma, expressing his strength, determination, and faith, Evan’s earthly body will now rest near his mother, Margene Talbot Weeks, in Nyssa, Oregon. He was also preceded in death by Wesley Marius and Thelma Hansen, his father and mother-in-law, and by Elsie “Inez” Tew Weeks, who is a beloved member of the family and Glen’s late wife. The twins are survived by their sweet father, Glen Evan Weeks, and their sister Marcia Ann, her husband Brian McCormick, and “adopted” sisters and their husbands Belinda Dobyns & David Jones, and Angela Dawn & Rich Elliot.
As a child, Evan dreamed of being a cattle rancher and surrounding himself with family on a hacienda as he grew up in Nyssa, Oregon. He excelled in track and football and was student body president at the high school in Parma, Idaho. He held state records for over two decades in the 100-yard dash. He was a skilled trumpeter and pianist and was often called to play piano/organ duets with Evelyn. He loved illustration and art, which proved to be a huge asset later in life with this professional and personal endeavors.
Evan served a 2.5-year mission in San Paulo, Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served the beautiful nation and people, bringing many converts to the church and began serving in leadership roles during this time. His faith was strengthened, and he loved the people that he was able to serve.
While at a church dance, he laid his eyes upon the most beautiful, tall, and graceful dancer, Lorellyn Hansen, of Vale, Oregon. They later attended Brigham Young University together. He soon proposed and she became his wife on March 10th, 1974. They began their adventure together as parents of Lynnora Jean Gross, Thomas Wesley Weeks, Karlene Nicole Fife (her husband David John Fife), David Evan Weeks, and Kaylyn Mirelle Palmer (her husband Benjamin Isaac Palmer). Evan’s legacy currently includes nine grandchildren: Gabriel Gunner Gross, William Golden Gross, Garek Sterling Gross, Grace Lorelanne Gross, Evander Leopold Fife, Brodric Hansen Fife, Elias Glen Palmer, Aurelia Joy Palmer, and Malia Evelyn Palmer. Many admiring hearts hold Evan’s remembrance dear, including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, brother and sister-in-laws, family members, brethren and sisters, cousins, and friends.
Evan filled his home with love and gratitude. He even “adopted” his Mother-in-Law, Thelma Dahle Hansen, as if she were one of his own, as she lived with the family for 10 years and brought much love to the family. Thelma was often thought of as being “Evan’s Mother,” with many funny experiences as such and often had a father-daughter style relationship with her and their antics.
Evan and Lorellyn always taught the value of hard work and instilled the joy of music in their children. As a loving father, Evan taught his children to always do their best, and that their best was always enough, as he loved them unconditionally. He taught the values of honesty, integrity, responsibility, and humility.
He exemplified his values and ethics by working tirelessly to provide for his family, using skills of listening with discernment so that he might serve, helping members of the community, the church, and his family. He continually sought to improve himself as he read many books to develop his skill sets, and to learn about science, history, and religion. He was a passionate learner throughout his life. His work ethic allowed him to serve in many management positions, allowed him to intuitively identify people’s needs, and eventually grow business at CHF, where he is part owner.
Evan inspired people with humor and affection. He earned respect for his wisdom and guidance. A man of steady faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many positions of responsibility, and leadership throughout his life. He spent years instructing the youth in Sunday School and in the Elders Quorum. He organized for church building maintenance, provided leadership in the Elders Quorum, and served in the Stake High Council. As an engaging speaker, he entertained with metaphors of deep doctrinal messages. He taught with sincerity of the Great Redeemer and the Plan of Salvation. Evan expressed well in word, and enduring example, that “Love is a Verb.”
Please join us in honor of Evan’s life.
Friday, June 25th, Viewing 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Reylea Funeral Chapel
318 N. Latah Street,
Boise, Idaho 83706
(This service will be livestreamed, and the link is found toward bottom of this tribute page.)
Saturday, June 26th,
Viewing 9:00 – 10:00 am
Funeral Service 10:00 – 11:00 am
Luncheon 11:00 – 12:30 pm
3229 N. Bogus Basin Road,
Boise, Idaho 83702
Saturday June 26th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Hilltop Memorial Cemetery
690 Hilltop Road
Nyssa, Oregon 97913