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John Evans

John Joseph "Jay" Evans

Friday, July 27th, 1956 - Sunday, December 1st, 2019
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Obituary

Lt. Col. John Joseph “Jay” Evans (USAF, Ret.), age 63, of Lebanon, passed away at 10:07 p.m. Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Belleville Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 27, 1956 in New Britain, CT, the son of Helen (Gervais) Evans of Farmington, CT and the late John Leo Evans.

Besides his mother he is survived by his wfe, Marilyn (Mauch) Evans, whom he married November 29, 1991; two children: Nicole Smith of Murphysboro, IL and Stephen (Christine) Smith of O’Fallon, IL; two grandchildren: Ashley Smith of O’Fallon, IL and Lucas Meeks of Murphysboro, IL; and four siblings: Neal (Chris) Evans of Pinfield, NY, Allison (John) Banta of Burlington, CT, Michael (Beth) Evans of Dover, NH and Mark (Tina) Evans of Burlington, CT.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Jay lived in Farmington, Connecticut before moving to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The family then relocated to Washington, North Carolina where Jay grew up and graduated High School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time on the Pamlico River with family and friends.

Jay was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1974.
After graduation in 1978, Jay attended pilot training and became a C-130 pilot and instructor. The Air Force gave him the opportunity to travel the world, serving in assignments that included creating the first C-130 Weapons Instructor Course, Operations Officer and Commander for the 61st Airlift Squadron and a deployment to NATO Headquarters in Naples, Italy. Jay also served as an Advance Agent for the Presidential Advance Team (Air Force One). Jay retired from the Air Force in 1998.

He worked for 10 years at Delphi Automotive Systems in Troy, Michigan as the Corporate Aviation Manager.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.Saturday, December 28, 2019 at St. Patrick's Church in Farmington, CT. Burial of his cremated remains will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
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Benjamin Troemel

Posted at 11:44am
Marilyn and family, Tracy and I wish you the best as you learn to live with the loss of Jay. He was a true friend to all who knew him from our days at The Academy and many years after. Jay, rest well my friend.
CQ

Curt Quimby

Posted at 05:27pm
Marilyn,
The picture I posted is of 8 of Jay's former USAF Academy Classmates of 1978 and fellow Cadet Squadron 05 Wolfpack members. Left to Right are Jack Anthony, Greg Intoccia (now deceased), Barry Bingham, Dave Davis, Ray Caplinger, Leo Kowatch, me (Curt Quimby), and Ted Waltman. The gathering event was our 40th Reunion in September of 2018. That evening we called all of the guys that could not be with us, and Jay was one of them. We later toasted them over a glass of Scotch.
Sally and I send our sincerest condolences and will keep you in our prayers, Warmest regards.
Curt & Sally Quimby
High Flight by
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
CK

Chris Krisinger

Posted at 04:55pm
Mairlyn & Family ... Please accept our sincere sympathies at this time. Jay and I flew C-130s together, both at Pope NC and Little Rock AR--never was there a funner guy to be with on deployment and trips. My wife and I have nothing but good and fun memories of Jay coming to squadron functions and making everyone a little bit happier and laughing a little more. We will all miss him. Class of 1978 "is great."
Chris & Denise Krisinger
Burke VA
CQ

Curt Quimby

Posted at 03:56pm
Mairlyn and family - You and Jay made our tour in Naples, Italy together so much better. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Curt & Sally Quimby
Fellow Classmate 1978 USAF Academy, Fellow Squadron Mate Cadet Squadron 05, Wolfpack!
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Terry Meiselwitz & Joann Tabua

Posted at 10:45am
In times like these, we are reminded of our human frailty and of our tenuous existence. Jay modeled how to live life to the fullest and treasure ALL of your friends and family - smooth sailing & God’s speed, my friend !
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