Jimmy “Jim” Evartt was born March 24, 1952 to John Hilton Evartt & Betty Ruth Revell (Perkins) and passed away on January 3, 2020. He was preceded in death by both parents, as well as his oldest son, Allen Scott Evartt, and his youngest son, Patrick “Noodles” Evartt. Jim was an imaginative individual whose life was saturated with stories of swash-buckling heroism, epic crusades, and feats of daring do. There seems hardly a book written or a movie made which didn’t borrow from Jim’s personal archives. He was as smart as Sherlock Holmes; as brave as William Wallace; as debonair as James Bond. Jim will always be remembered as the master orator of these amazing adventures filled with a cast of sometimes unforgettable characters.
Jim was, at times, as captivating with his preposterously overblown and self-aggrandizing yarns as he was human and flawed. One could argue that his less-than-accurate, larger-than-life fabula were the end result of an elaborate skill he honed in his childhood. It was in those years of traversing between Lake Worth, TX, where he graduated from high school in 1970, and Corpus Christi, TX, that he would vie for the affections of his adoring mother with his two brothers John David Evartt (and Melodye of Longmont, CO) and Jackie Dale Evartt (and Dahl of Virginia Beach, VA). Their rivalry was atypical; contentious at times, while also filled with happier memories of fishing off Bob Hall Pier on Padre Island. It is the right of all children to impress and one-up others as the self-appointed hero of their youthful adventure stories and Jim was especially talented in this area. For Jim, this aptitude for verbal ingenuity carried over into his adult life where he served for 2 years with the United States Navy and a brief period of the 1980s in which he was employed with the Port Aransas Police Department. As he struggled to find his place in the great big world around him, his elaborately embroidered narratives became the fascinations of several lady loves and many young persons.
Although we may have been deceived by them, these sporadically enchanting, semi-fictionalized, occasionally grating kaleidoscopic remembrances will ultimately endure as the legacy left behind to his surviving children; Jason Evartt (and Ronda of Carrollton, TX), Amanda Tapia (of Ennis, TX), and John F. Evartt (of Aransas Pass, TX), as well as his grandchildren; Savannah, Nathan, Alora, Alicia, and Xavier. These entertaining stories, along with his love of artistry, trains, and model building, will be recounted, to the best of our recollections, for many years to come.
While we may never be able to string together the true and complete account of Jim Evartt, we will continue to admire the ebullient life force that existed within him and which drove him to recall living a life of legendary zest and vigor. If Jim has taught us anything, it’s that your life story may be populated with a myriad of relationships and circumstances, but you can always reflect back on them in ways which are true if you wish them to be so. Afterall, as with the Gods of Olympus, does it really matter where the facts of a story end and the myth begins?
A private memorial will be held by the family on Saturday, January 17, 2020. Please contact Jim’s children directly for details. Ashes will be interred by the children & grandchildren on Sunday, January 18th, 2020.
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