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Columbia Missourian

Mac Evans of Boonville worked on MU's first heart-lung machine

By Joey Ukrop
October 14, 2013 | 7:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Mac Evans always made new friends while pursuing his hobbies and his 30-year career at MU.

"He was a fun-loving man," said Joyce Evans, his wife of 32 years. "He has lots of friends that still want to do things for me."

Mac Evans of Boonville died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. He was 77.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1935, in Franklin to Roy and Ethel Evans.

He graduated from New Franklin High School and completed trade school in Kansas City.

Mr. Evans married Bettie Rapp in 1955. They had three children.

In 1956, he began working at MU, collaborating with Hugh Stephenson to build the university's first heart-lung machine. He worked at the MU Research Reactor Center for 2o years.

"He was always proud that he had been at MU since 1956," Joyce said.

He and Joyce Evans married in 1981, and he retired from MU five years later.

Always the sportsman, Mr. Evans enjoyed hunting with his coon dogs and raising and racing thoroughbred horses throughout the Midwest. 

The couple became "snowbirds" for 15 years, Joyce Evans said, spending the winter months in Texas.

Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Joyce Evans; two daughters, Pam McCoy and husband, Craig, and Missy Blumer and husband, Richard; a son, Jud Evans and wife, JoAnna; two stepchildren Darry Smith and wife, Ana, and Shelly Cunningham and husband, Walt; a sister, Peggy Franklin; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A sister, JoAnn Dueschele, died earlier.

Visitation will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 2p.m. Friday

Memorial contributions can be made to Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home, 9501 W. Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg Mo. 65256.

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