Obituary for Denton Evans (1947-2021) – Idaho Falls, ID

Denton L. Evans, 74, of Menan, Idaho, died peacefully on December 21, 2021 at Idaho Falls Community Hospital from complications from multiple strokes and severe pneumonia.

He was born on June 3, 1947 in Vernal, Utah, to Ashel John Evans and Gladys Darlene Davis. He was the third of four children.

Denton graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah in 1965. He then attended Brigham Young University for a year, after which he served a two-year LDS mission in the central Atlantic states, which included Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia.

After completing his LDS mission, he returned to BYU and received his bachelor’s degree in communication and language along with a teaching certificate. He earned a Masters in Educational Psychology and Counseling and was doing a PhD and a pre-PhD class.

He leaves behind his former wife, Marsha Ann Evans, whom he married on September 10, 1971 in the Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. Denton is also survived by his sister DaShel (Merlyn) Watkins of Orem; Sister-in-law, Lydia Evans of Kaysville; six sons and two daughters, Paris (Tina) Evans of Shelley, Troy (TyAnna) Evans of Rexburg, Jason (Camille) Evans of Rexburg, Ryan Evans of Las Vegas, Erik (Natalie) Evans of Burley, Luke Evans of Menan, Michelle (Richard) Sedgwick of Hobbs and Bethany Evans of Menan; 26 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved very much.

Denton was a true blue BYU cougar and loved going to their soccer games. He loved animals, fishing (his beloved Henry’s Lake with family and friends), fine dining, guns, hunting, boating, jet skiing, four-wheelers, water skiing, wakeboarding, movies, westerns, and sports.

Denton was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a deep love for the Savior throughout his life. His testimony of the gospel was strong and he served faithfully in numerous callings. He lived by the motto “be friendly when in doubt”. He himself was a kind, loving, calm, humble man with an excellent sense of humor.

Denton taught for seven years at Skyline High School, twelve years at Idaho Falls High School, and two years at Ririe High School for the Church Educational System. He later became a public school teacher at Fort Hall, then a consultant, district test coordinator, and teacher for fourteen years in Terreton, Idaho, for both elementary and Jr. High Schools. He was a master teacher with numerous awards. He loved his students and they loved him.

After he retired, he enjoyed living in the beautiful house he and his sons and daughters built in Menan, Idaho, with views for miles in every direction, including the Snake River, Grand Tetons, and Rexburg -Tempels in which he served weekly.

Denton preceded his parents in death; older brother, Ashel Almond Evans; and younger brother, Richard Davis Evans, who lived only a week.

A viewing will take place on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Wood Funeral Home East Side (963 S. Ammon Road, Ammon, Idaho). The funeral will take place on Thursday, December 30, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon in Menan 3rd Ward (698 N. 3600 E. Menan, Idaho).

Expressions of condolences can be made online to the family at

Published by Post Register on December 24, 2021.

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