SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 15, 2013

Wesley J. Evans, 21


Ipswich — Wesley J. Evans, 21, of Washington Street., Ipswich, died Tuesday in the Beverly Hospital following his long illness.

Born in Denver, Colo., October 19, 1991, he was the son of Jon and Jo Evans of Ipswich. At a young age, Wes developed an amazing love for Denver and the beautiful Rocky Mountains and even though he moved to Ipswich with his family at the age of 4, annual summer trips to Colorado to visit his grandparents, aunt and uncle and cousins, only reinforced his love for Denver, the Colorado Rockies Baseball team, and for life in the mountains.

Wes graduated in 2010 from Ipswich High School. While being on the Honor Roll throughout his high school years, Wes played varsity soccer, varsity golf, swam on the swim team and played baseball. His real love in high school was woodworking and during his senior year he crafted two guitars. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant for the adventure classes. Upon getting his driver's license, Wes could be seen all over town in his blue Jeep Wrangler.

Wes loved God and his church, First Presbyterian Church in Ipswich. He served God by using his musical talents. He loved playing guitar in the praise band. He also was very active in the youth program and went on several Mission Trips to Jackson, Miss., to learn about racial reconciliation and to serve and work in the inner city.

As Wes started to look beyond high school, Colorado and the beautiful outdoors was the obvious choice. He got a summer job with Noah's Ark Rafting Co. where he served on the land crew, and then he enrolled in Colorado Mtn. College where he was pursuing a degree in Outdoor Education and Wilderness Safety and Rescue. He loved hiking, climbing, camping, fishing and mountain biking.

Wes had an infectious love for life that was easily caught by anyone who was around him. Never one to sit around and be bored, he always found adventure and someone to do adventures with.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister, Shelby Evans of Ipswich; his grandparents, Jim and Lola Reffel of Denver, Colo.; grandmother Beverly Evans of Rochester, N.Y.; Doug and Cheryl Coleman of Littleton, Colo.; and his cousins Jonathan Doehling and Jake, Kim and Maddie Hemelstrand.

ARRANGEMENTS: A time of visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the First Presbyterian Church North Shore, 179 County Rd. (Rt. 1A), Ipswich, followed by a Memorial Service in the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Family, friends and Nurses are respectfully welcomed. A committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday graveside in the New Highland Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Summer's Best Two Weeks, 111 Lake Gloria Rd., Boswell, PA 15531. To leave a condolence please visit www.whittierporter.com.