Gerald I. Evetts
Gerald Ivan Evetts, age 83, of Bandera, Texas, passed away on Aug. 19, 2017.
The celebration of his wonderful life will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boerne, Texas. Pastor Eric Waters will be officiating, with a visitation lunch served immediately following.
Gerald was born in Uvalde, Texas, on Dec. 31, 1933, to Robert Nute Evetts and Willie Basel Evetts. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Sam and Howard; and sister, Ophelia.
He graduated from Uvalde High School, attended Schreiner Military Academy for one year, then transferred to Texas Lutheran University, where he received a Bachelor of Education degree in the spring of 1957. Gerald was a gifted athlete who received a full scholarship in football from both colleges.
Upon graduation from TLC, he joined the U.S. Army and completed basic training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. He continued his military service as a medic at Fort Sam Houston, then remained an active reservist for seven years. Determined to pursue additional education, Gerald subsequently obtained a master’s degree in education from Trinity University and Superintendent Certification from Sul Ross State University.
Mr. Evetts’ true passion was educating the young and this passion ultimately developed into future roles as a gifted administrator. His lifelong commitment to education began when he accepted a position as a physical education teacher and coach at Whittier Junior High School. Jefferson High school subsequently became a proving ground for him where he advanced quickly from coach to dean to vice-principal.
His first assignment as principal was at Longfellow Middle School but he quickly returned to Jefferson as principal in the mid-’70s. During his first tenure as a high school principal, Gerald also acquired a knowledge of construction while overseeing the addition of a three story classroom which required significant effort to re-create the Spanish Moorish architecture for which the school was famous. Jefferson High School is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gerald moved to North East Independent School District in 1978, at the request of the school board, who wished for him to serve as principal at Churchill High School. As a result of his leadership, Churchill High School became a National Blue Ribbon school. He loved being in a school setting, sometimes opening doors for the custodial staff in the morning and closing the doors after they left at night. He retired from the field of education in 1989 as a Deputy Superintendent for North East ISD. He truly loved his life’s work, particularly valuing his engagement with the students and teachers.
Gerald met his wife, Dorothy, at Texas Lutheran College in the fall of 1954. There was an instant connection of differing personalities but nothing could have produced a more positive result. Dorothy Heinrich and Gerald were married on Jan. 4, 1958, and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this coming January. Their love continues unhindered and Dorothy would ask that you listen to the words of “Unchained Melody,” written in 1955 at the start of their partnership, which became their song and still holds special significance for her to this day.
Their union was blessed with three children and three grandchildren. Their family includes Max Ivan Evetts and his wife, Michelle, Melanie Ann Thompson and son-in-law, Robert Thompson, and Natalie Louise Evetts Hart and partner, John Erwin. His loving grandchildren are Robert Seth Thompson, Rachel Anne Thompson and Lanson Rayne Hart. Selena Ann, his sister, and R.A. Apffel, her husband, are proud to call him brother. His brother -in-law Dr. Curtis Seth Heinrich and his wife, Bette, along with numerous nieces and nephews, honor him and will miss him, as will his many wonderful friends and extended family.
Gerald had many more passions: fishing, hunting, camping, travel, cooking, construction and dancing. But, to the end of his life, he treasured his family above all and we were blessed beyond measure to be with him.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.
The preceding is a paid obituary.