Charles Richard Evans
Charles Richard Evans
  • June 30, 1941 - December 27, 2017
  • Citrus Heights, California

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Chuck Evans was a remarkable man. He was a loving and generous husband, father, step-father and grandfather who loved his family, cars, golf and Nascar.

Chuck was born in 1941 in Redwood City, Ca. He grew up with 4 siblings; Jean, Joan, Bobby and Jimmy in Fair Oaks, Ca.
Growing up he spent most of his time with his dad in the garage at home working in cars, cleaning and organizing tools in the tool box.
He built Go-Carts out of wood, took apart and rebuilt anything with an engine.

At the age of 12 he got his 1st job delivering newspapers. His delivery area was so large he would have to go back home and get more papers in order to finish his route.

At age 16 Chuck started working at a gas station servicing cars until graduating from San Juan High School.

At age 18 he joined the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii. His duties were; See Bee Construction Battalions and was a driver of
officers on the base.

Once out of the Navy he worked in numerous Body Shops in the Sacramento area. One of them being located in Citrus Heights not far from Mels Drive In restaurant where he met the love of his life Barbara. Who he married in 1964.

In the 1960s, Chuck enjoyed going to the Super Modified Hard Top races in Placerville, Roseville and West Sacramento. He built one of the cars from ground up for a friend that raced in these races.

He painted a few show cars for the Sacramento Autorama.

And one year when he got his Income Tax Return instead of putting a new porch on the house, he bought Go-Carts for Ralph and Frank to race. They traveled to Dixon, Sacramento and Placerville for competitions.

After working at numerous Body Shops. Chuck opened his own business in Fair Oaks in 1970. Evans Body Shop. In 1980, he bought
2 Tow Trucks. Not long after, the California Hwy Patrol approached him wanting him to tow for them. Which ended up being a 22 year contract relationship and many officers that became his friends. Chuck was a dedicated, hard working man. He worked 15 hour days,
7 days a week for 10 years before he started taking weekends off. Barbara would make dinner at home and take to him so he could continue working.

He eventually grew the Towing side of the business. Towing for California Hwy Patrol, Sheriffs Department, AAA Roadside Service and all insurance companies. The Body Shop also grew and he had to move to a larger location in Folsom.

In 1984, he purchased another business called Hide Away Lounge. Owing and running 2 businesses at the same time.

Chuck was a very giving and generous through his life. He gave many family and friends cars and jobs doing Towing, Body Work and
Office Help.
But most importantly, he enjoyed teaching them the trade he knew so well and loved.

In 1987, he bought his own property and moved his business to Citrus Heights. Where he retired in 2002.

Chuck's hobbies were building race cars for friends and demolition cars for the California Hwy Patrol.

He built a 1969 Jeepster and joined the Out Of Towners 4 Wheel Drive Club. Taking weekend trips with the club and their families.

He restored a 1968 Camaro and entered it into Hot August Nights in Reno for numerous years.

He enjoyed driving his Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle . He once took a 3 week, 7,000 mile trip with Barbara and a dozen Hwy Patrol Officers. Traveling from California to Texas up to Wyoming and Oregon.

He was always watching Nascar, Truck races, Indy car races or Car Auctions. If he was unable to watch at the time event was aired on TV, he was sure to record it to watch later.

For many years Chuck was a member of North Ridge Golf Club spending $25,000 to join. He would golf on Weekends and every Wednesday. Which was mens day, no women allowed. Going from the course to the card room where he gambled into the night. He traveled all over Northern California playings at 100s of courses. He would buy a golf hat at each and every course he played.
Chuck later became allergic to the pesticides that were being sprayed on the course which caused him to have to sell his membership.

He then came upon a trade deal. A man came into his body shop and wanted a truck painted but the man had no money. Chuck asked the man what do you have to trade? All the man had was 4 horses. So Chuck painted the mans truck and gave the horses to his daughter
DeAnna. He spent a lot of time taking DeAnna and her horses to various places, like the ocean and camping.

He also enjoyed going to his grandsons; Anthony and Devin football games, no matter how far away they were. Chuck always made sure he wore the correct color attire and school hat to support their team. He rigged together a Loud Bazooka Horn to a car battery and attached it to a small dolley so he could wheel it in and out of the games. He was sure to blow that horn at any opportunity to support his grandsons, even if it meant blowing away the people sitting near him. That horn could be heard for blocks away. He was so proud.

His last project was a beautiful black 1949 Ford F100 truck he built for his grandsons. He put in it a 350 small block engine that was originally in his 1968 Camaro. And all Chevy running gear into this Ford truck because at heart he's always been a Chevy man. This truck is what sparked his grandsons interest in classic cars.

Chuck liked to sit around with his family and tell his stories, he had so many to tell.
He was a funny man with a great sense of humor who loved to joke around. He always had some kind of quirky joke or silly statement to say that was all original