Eldon Evans, a former top executive of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and an inductee in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, died March 26 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 83.
A certified public accountant by profession, he first served as a financial advisor to the PRCA in 1981 and went on to play a pivotal role during the reorganization of the association in 1987, when the PRCA was preparing to hire its first commissioner.
Evans served on the steering committee that year with Shawn Davis, Bob Thain and Harry Vold, was an interim co-commissioner with Thain and ended 1987 by being recognized as PRCA Rodeo Man of the Year.
He also served on the PRCA Board of Directors from 1988-96.
Evans, a veteran of the Korean War, was a founding father of the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls and served on the board of trustees for 12 years. A multi-purpose arena on campus is named the Eldon Evans Expo Center.
In 1965, he was named Man of the Year by the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Evans always said his father threatened him with his life if he ever became a rodeo cowboy. And while he never competed in the arena, Evans did become a true friend of the sport.
He gave countless hours to the PRCA for more than 20 years. His wise counsel helped guide the association through turbulent years. His peers knew he always kept the best interests of the rodeo business at the top of his priorities.
Evans was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame as a Rodeo Notable in 1997, the year after he retired from the PRCA board of directors.
The memorial service was April 5 at the LDS Chapel, 723 Hankins Road, Twin Falls, with the funeral at Sunset Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to the Delores Evans Memorial Scholarship through the CSI Foundation, P.O. Box 1238, Twin Falls, ID 83303.
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