on June 17, 2014 - 7:29 PM
, updated June 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM
June 14, 1933 – June 15, 2014
Lawrence Kean Evans, of Williamsville, a former fighter pilot in the Marines and a manufacturer’s representative for Dixie Furniture, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 81.
Mr. Evans was born in Buffalo. He moved to Rochester temporarily and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1950. Upon graduation, he entered the Army National Guard. Then he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. He served on the USS Enterprise.
Thereafter, Mr. Evans attended St. Bonaventure University, where he played on the basketball team. He graduated in 1958.
He married Barbara Kubala in 1965. In 1970, they moved to Williamsville from Buffalo.
He was involved with the Amherst Hockey League for 10 years, during which he served as team manager and president. He enjoyed helping young people and extended the league’s program to 5-year-olds.
He was the Dixie Link Furniture manufacturer’s representative for upstate New York.
A passionate athlete, Mr. Evans golfed for most of his life, starting in high school, and played in tournaments around the Buffalo area. He was a member of Transit Valley Country Club and served on its board of directors.
Upon retirement, he worked at the Amherst Audubon Golf Course, where he established a junior golf program and continued to play golf until this spring.
Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Susan; a daughter, Karen Sullivan; two sons, Daniel L. and Mark C.; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.