W. Occie Evans, 89, Salt Lake City, died peacefully in his sleep on February 7, 1996.
Born January 6, 1907 in Provo, Utah to William E. and Ada Wilkins Evans. Married Dorothy Ellen Ashby on Aug. 9, 1937. He attended LDS High School where he lettered in football, basketball, track, swimming, baseball and was a cheerleader, class president and student body vice president. He was all-state in football, basketball and baseball, and an All-American in high school basketball. He played football and basketball at the University of Utah. Occie was elected to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. He played professional baseball in Pacific Coast League and was a player and manager in semi-professional baseball for 28 years. In 1974 he was chosen as one of Utah's 10 best baseball players in Utah's first century. He coached at Westminister High School and helped with the organization of the first Little League baseball program in Salt Lake City. Occie started with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Dept. in 1943 and retired as a captain in 1975. For 22 years he was responsible for the school safety patrol program in Salt Lake County. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1957 and was past president of the Utah Chapter of the FBI/NA. Occie spent a lifetime promoting and playing baseball, and serving and protecting the people of the Beehive State. Active High Priest in the Parley's 4th Ward of the LDS Church.Survived by wife; children, William R. "Bill" (Bonnie) Evans; Carl "Pink" (Barbara) Evans; Sandra Weed (Howard); Jack Occie (Diane) Evans; sister, Zina Engar; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 12 at 12 noon at the Parley's 4th Ward, 1870 East Parley's Canyon Blvd. (2315 South). Friends may call Sunday, 5-7 p.m. at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State St. and Monday at the church from 10-11:45 a.m. Interment, Elysian Burial Gardens.
Family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to University of Utah Women's Athletics.
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