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Colleagues remember activist Evans

To his colleagues at the Sierra Economic Development District, Don Evans – a retired educator and activist in Auburn – was a man of experience, was well connected with the community and focused on its well being.

Evans’ death on March 17 at the age of 76 left an irreplaceable gap in the board of directors of the organization he served for 14 years, said Brent Smith, president of Sierra Economic Development District.

“Don’s greatest contribution was his experience,” Smith said. “He had been an educator and a business counselor for most of his adult life. He brought that experience to the board.



“Because he was so well known in the community, if he heard anyone wanting to start a new business or wanting to grow their business, he would refer them to us,” Smith said.

Sierra Economic Development District is an Auburn-based nonprofit serving Nevada, Placer, Sierra and El Dorado counties.




“We are here to promote the preservation of jobs, to nurture entrepreneurs, to assist existing businesses to grow and, where possible, to attract new businesses,” Smith said.

Evans was nominated for the organization’s board of directors by the Board of Supervisors in Placer County.

“Don helped facilitate a lot of our priority issues and concerns that have been established through our five-year plan,” said Sandy Sindt, economic planner and office operations manager at the Development District.

Smith described Evans as “a man of extreme personal courage.”

“He remained focused on supporting his community, even in the face of severe health challenges,” Smith said.

Services for Evans will be held Saturday, 1 p.m., at the Headquarter House in Auburn on 14500 Musso Road. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association-Emigrant Trails.

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