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Obituary: Evan J. Hale

Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather

Evan James Hale, age 73, returned to his Heavenly Father October 23, 2004 in West Jordan.

Born December 17, 1930 to Clayton Samuel and Clara Quinn Hale in Pocatello, Idaho. He attended public schools through high school, served a mission in the Great Lakes area and spent four years as an airborne radio operator with the US Air Force during the Korean War.

He attended Utah State University majoring in communications. He worked in broadcasting for many years. He was selected by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation to head up the Information Services department. He later transferred to the California Farm Bureau. While there he was approached to fill an information position with the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. His writings caught the eye of the US Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz, and he was named an assistant to the Secretary. He was later named Chief of Staff for USDA. In this role he was liaison to the White House, Congress and foreign embassies and served on many foreign trade missions.

Following government service he returned to the Utah Farm Bureau in Salt Lake City. He was approached by the Farm Credit Banks of Sacramento and named Executive Vice President of Farm Credit Services, the political arm of the organization. He spent 19 years working with the US Congress and five-state legislatures on agricultural issues.

He served in many positions in the LDS Church including Bishop, High Councilor, teacher and counselor in three bishoprics.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey Shirley Hale; five children, James Craig (Malia), Kevan (Jill), Cynthia (Stacy) Robinson, Susan (Wayne) Davis of Salt Lake City and Sheralyn (Marvin) Bagley of Richfield; 14 grandchildren; brother, DeLoy of Oregon City, Oregon; sisters, Glenis Matson of Pocatello, Idaho; Joan Murdoch of Grace, Idaho and Linda Eaton of Kimberly, Idaho.

Funeral services will be held Wed., October 27th, 12:00 noon at the Garden Cove Ward, 1925 W. 9000 S. A viewing will be held Tues. evening 6-8 p.m. at Redwood Memorial Mortuary, 6500 S. Redwood Rd and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Redwood Memorial Cemetery, West Jordan.