James Evans
James “Jim” Evans, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at home on August 29, 2021. He was truly a renaissance man…a successful engineer, a talented painter, a world traveler and a generous soul with a heart for those less fortunate. Jim was born on January 16, 1936 in Santa Anna, Texas to Samuel Elton Evans and Violet Stovall. The family moved to Brownwood, Texas in the late 30s. There, Jim met his high school sweetheart and future bride, Catherine Nelson, and they both graduated from Brownwood High School in 1954. Jim followed Catherine to Texas Tech (with a detour to TAMU and LSU his freshman and sophomore years). He graduated from Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The couple married in1958 and moved to Fort Worth, ultimately settling in Arlington. He began working at General Dynamics (now Lockheed) and at the same time earned a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from SMU. Jim worked in the aerospace industry for over 40 years and when he retired was considered one of the preeminent experts in the country on aircraft carrier suitability. Upon retirement Jim was able to focus on his longtime passion, watercolor painting. He became an accomplished artist and had many pieces accepted at art competitions. He also taught watercolor classes at The Upstairs Gallery and he was an art docent for students at AISD elementary schools. Jim's other passion was travel, beginning with car trips across the county with the kids. After becoming empty nesters, Jim and Catherine traveled extensively internationally with a favorite and regular destination being San Miguel de Allende. He always enjoyed connecting with locals and fellow travelers and frequently came home with a new friend or two. Jim always had a camera in hand and many of those photos are now beautiful paintings that line the walls of their home. Jim loved music, from pop to opera to Broadway, and he was an avid theatergoer. He taught himself to speak German and was eager to practice on fellow travelers abroad. He was extremely handy and always had a project to which he could lend his prodigious engineering talents. At his core, Jim was a good man, honest, kind and caring. Most importantly he believed that those who were not afforded the same opportunities as he, deserved a helping hand. Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine; daughter Tracey Petersen (husband, Greg); son Walter Evans (wife, Susan) and sisters Suzette Mabry (husband, Bob) and Shaye Evans. He was a funny and loving Daddy Jim to his four grandchildren Molly and Kayley Petersen, and Grace and Sam Evans. He will be deeply missed. Memorial Service: 3 p.m. Friday, September 3, at Wade Family Funeral Home Chapel, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts or the charity of your choice. There is no better way to honor Jim than by reaching out to help others. Wade Family Funeral Home (817) 274-9233

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  1. Jim and I took a Mechanical Engineering course in machine design together at Tech. I used to go over to the apartment he and Catherine shared to study with him. Later on as we both pursued our professional engineering paths, he always claimed I helped him with his homework. But truth is, he helped me. God Bless! – Kent Lawrence

  2. To Catherine and the Evans family. Jim was the sweetest man we’ve ever known. So glad to have met Catherine and Jim. All our love,
    Nan and Rod Williamson

  3. What a wonderful husband, father and grandfather! -One of the kindest men I’ve ever known. He always made me feel like one of his! The Evans household was a special place, full of laughter, song and smiles! Sending love, hugs and prayers
    Amy Gardner Bradley

  4. Dear Catherine: I am a realist. I know words will not touch the depth of your emotions. I cannot claim a close personal relationship with Jim, even though our acquaintanceship has lasted decades. But I have always seen Jim as a man who was more than comfortable in his “spiritual suit” . . . a man who was comfortable in his own skin and who conveyed a personal calm that included anyone with whom he came in contact. Many lives were enhanced by his presence and will be diminished in his absence. But fond memories will continue forever. Your friend, Bob Cull.

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