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In Memoriam: 2005 OBA President Michael D. “Mike” Evans

Michael D. EvansOct. 23, 1946 - Dec. 17, 2017

A celebration of life for former Frederick attorney Michael D. Evans, age 71, of Arcadia, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, 201 East Grand, Frederick, with the Rev. Charles Wyatt and the Rev. Eddie Whitworth officiating. Private family burial will be in the Carney Cemetery under direction of Jackson Funeral Home of Frederick.

He was born on Oct. 23, 1946, in Columbus, Missouri, and was raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He attended Oklahoma State University 1965-1969 and was a member of the OSU track team. After graduating from OSU, he joined the Army National Guard. He later attended law school at the OU College of Law, graduating in 1973. He married Vonnie Evans on May 24, 1969, and after he graduated from law school, they moved to Frederick.

Mr. Evans was an active member in his community including serving as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Frederick. Over the years, he practiced law as an assistant district attorney, as a general practitioner at the law office of Massad, Evans & Kent, as the administrator of the courts for the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, and most recently, worked with his son-in-law, Clint Whitworth, at the law office of Whitworth, Wilson & Evans in Edmond.

He was the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Award for Ethics and served as OBA president in 2005. A highlight of his presidential year was dedication of the Jim F. Gassaway Justice House built and funded by OBA members in partnership with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.

He was known as a person who loved the Lord, loved his family and friends, loved to run, loved his work, loved his community, and certainly loved his Dr. Pepper. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife, Vonnie Evans, and his daughter, Kelly Evans Whitworth and her husband Clint, who are OBA members.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation - Heart Division.