Arthur (Art) Hayden Evans, 90, of Cuchillo, NM, died August 13, 2013, in Albuquerque, NM, due to complications from a broken hip. He was born October 18, 1922, to a Phoenix, AZ, pioneer ranching family, AA(Gus) and Mildred Ethel Hayden Evans. Art grew up on the family ranch north of Phoenix with his two brothers, sister, and cousins. He was involved in the livestock industry his entire life. In addition to working on the ranch from a young age, he was also active in 4H and FFA. In 1940, he attended the organizational meeting of the Arizona Junior Cattle Growers Association and was elected the first president of that organization. He graduated from Peoria, AZ High School in 1940 and was working fulltime at the T Ranch when he met the love of his life, Wanda Ruth Giblin. They were married April 9, 1943, and began their 69-year partnership.
He served in the Navy during WWII. After the war he worked in the open pit mines at Bagdad, AZ, and was an Arizona brand inspector.
In 1953, Art and Wanda moved their family to New Mexico. The Tovreas, large agricultural operators in AZ & NM, had bought the Ladder Ranch in Sierra County and they hired Art as foreman. Art was foreman at the ladder until 1981 for three different owners. In 1981, Art & Wanda moved to Roswell where Art was promoted to manager of several of Robert O. Anderson’s ranches in NM and TX. He retired from Diamond A Cattle Company in 1991, and returned to the Ladder in 1992 as a consultant for the new owner, Ted Turner. His health forced him to retire, again, in 1995. Art was always involved in many community organizations; Sierra County Farm Bureau President, NM Farm and Livestock Bureau Board of Directors, Sierra County Republican County chairman, Chaves County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Chaves County United Way Agriculture Division Chairman, NMSU College of Ag & Home Economics development council, NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Center Board, American Sheep Industry Council Board of director, President of the NM Wool Growers Association, and founding member of the Caballo Community Church.
Art is survived by his daughter, April (Ray) Romero, Cuchillo, NM; son, Mikel Ray (Cathy) Evans, and ABQ NM daughter-in-law, Fran Evans, Las Cruces, NM. Grandchildren: Anita Evans & Clark Gentry, of Las Cruces, NM, Daniel (Ami) Evans, Deming, Kristy (Cody) Cummings, Cuchillo, Cheyenne (Tony) Squeiri of Mesa, AZ, Cassidy Evans & Shaun Baker, Mesa, AZ, Mikel Cody Evans, France, Rachel Evans, Guthrie, OK. Great-grandchildren: Riley Walker, Las Cruces, Jacob & Erik Evans, Deming, Shayly Cummings, Cuchillo, Jaxon Baker, Mesa, AZ. Brothers Richard (Helen) Evans, Raymond (Marlene) Evans, sister Ruthe Cortes and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Hayden Lee Evans, and his wife, Wanda Ruth Evans, and brother-in-law, Warren Cordes.
A memorial service will be held at the Caballo Community Church, September 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. A strong advocate for education, Art would be pleased with a donation to the Sierra County Farm & Livestock Bureau Ag scholarship Fund. c/o Dee Wear, 2101 S. Broadway, TorC, NM 87901.