John H. B. "Coach" Evans (October 31, 1938- November 30th, 2019) passed away peacefully in Carson City, Nevada, after a heart attack at his home in South Lake Tahoe, California at the age of 81. John is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his cousin Diana Alban; son John; son Douglas, daughter-in-law Joan, grandchildren Alexandra and Storm; daughter Kendra, son-in-law Bob Fraka Jr., and grandchild Ashley.
John grew up in Garden City, New York, and attended Garden City High School where he excelled academically and in sports such as football, lacrosse, basketball, and baseball. John spent summers at and was a lifelong supporter of camp Susquehannock in Pennsylvania. After high school, John went to the University of Pennsylvania and joined the DKE house; throughout his life he regularly attended reunions and fundraisers for Penn’s athletic department. He briefly studied at the Wharton School of Business before joining the Marines. John was stationed in Morocco, honorably discharged, and returned to New York where he followed in his father’s footsteps and started a career in sales. John moved to Seattle as a regional salesman where he met his wife, Sylvia, began his career as an insurance salesman, and welcomed his children John and Kendra. He moved to California in 1970, where he served as manager for Security Mutual Life of Nebraska for 15 years, and also served a term as the President of the CA Life Underwriters. His son Douglas was born in 1971. John graduated from San Jose State University in 1976 and was honored as Outstanding Business Student of the year. John became the President of NorCal Professional Insurance Brokers in 1980, was a member of many local chambers of commerce over the years, and worked until his death.
John’s grandfather, uncle, aunt, and cousin were all in show business; John loved old Hollywood, musicals, and could frequently be heard singing show tunes or sharing entertainment trivia. John’s nickname, “Coach,” came from his passion for sports and his involvement for 2 decades coaching soccer and baseball in local youth leagues as well as football at Del Mar, Westmont, and Leland high schools; "Coach" helped lead them to a pair of CCS playoff trips.
John was full of life and never missed an opportunity to get to know strangers. He was a devoted husband, father, mentor, and friend who enjoyed keeping in touch and supporting people from throughout his rich life. John had a strong wanderlust and enjoyed traveling, nature, the arts, history, reading, golf, and watching and wagering on sports. He was especially fond of spending time with his family and his dogs. John had a tremendous impact on the lives all he knew and will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers please make donations to American Diabetes Association. The Please join us in honoring his memory and celebrating his life Saturday, December 21, 2019, at an 11 a.m. service at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church 15040 Union Ave., San Jose, CA; share your memories of John's remarkable life onsite following the service.