David James Evans passed away peacefully at home in Palos Verdes Estates on October 12, 2009 at the age of 90. He was born on January 13, 1919 to David and Grace Evans of La Grange, Illinois. His early childhood years were spent in La Grange and eventually the family moved to Chicago. In Chicago, he attended Pierce Elementary School and Senn High School. His next home was Highland Park near Lake Michigan where he enjoyed summers swimming with his friends. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University where was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated with a degree in Biology in 1942. Later that year he married Marie Mead (deceased) of Bloomington, Illinois. One of his early jobs was with Abbott Laboratories in Chicago where he helped organize the company's Penicillin manufacturing department. Shortly after that he went back to Northwestern University where he studied Business and Industrial Relations. He later joined Fluor Corporation where he remained as a Vice President until his retirement in 1983. In 1989 he married Mary Ann Gruen of Palos Verdes Estates. They enjoyed a wonderful life together, traveling until recent years. David enjoyed spending time with her children Paula Gruen and Dan Gruen and his family. He was always very proud of his family and enjoyed visiting with them. He also enjoyed keeping in touch with his favorite cousin, Florence Townsend as well as his many golf buddies, fraternity brothers and other friends. He is survived by his five sons, Robert (Susan, deceased) Carol Essig, Stacey and Kim; Timothy (Jane) Kate and Bess; Mark (Amy) Alexandria, Will, and John; Michael; and David III (Helen). Services will be private.

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  1. So sorry to hear of our loss. While I did not know David as well as I would have liked to, he was always a kind and positive man. I perceived that he affected everyone the way he did me; that is: he would not let anyone leave the room without a generous smile and kind words. He will be missed.

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