SUQUAMISH — Burial with military honors is scheduled for Dec. 6, 1 p.m., at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery for Michael R. Evanger. He passed away Sept. 27 at Franciscan Hospice, University Place.
Michael was a friend to many, always ready to reach out to help those in need, and freely shared his skills and knowledge. He will be greatly missed by those he touched and loved.
Michael is survived by his wife of 34 years, Caroline, of Suquamish; parents, Robert and Virginia Evanger, of Bothell; daughter, Christina Duquette, of Sterling, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Nicole Evanger, and grandchildren Ethan and Kaylee, of Hayes, Va.; brothers, Bert, Eric and Mark; sister, Anna; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Utah and Colorado.
Michael was born in Port Angeles. He began his schooling in Port Angeles, moved with his family to Bothell and graduated from Bothell High School in 1970. Returning to Port Angeles, Michael studied architectural drafting at Peninsula College. His lifelong love of the outdoors blossomed during this time, as Michael spent his free time hiking and climbing in Olympic National Park or dirt biking in the forests above his home in Port Angeles.
Michael worked as a master finish carpenter from Everett to Tacoma, and Gig Harbor to Port Angeles, leaving a legacy of beautiful homes, houseboats and condominiums, and many commercial projects in Seattle, Tacoma and Bremerton.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Michael was honorably discharged in 1975 with the rank of corporal.
Michael enjoyed wood carving, fly fishing, photography, kayaking, sailing, and hiking/snow shoeing throughout Washington. He was a member of the Friends of Point No Point Lighthouse, and Kitsap Audubon Society. He was awarded for his wood carvings in the Kitsap County Woodcarvers annual shows.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in Michael’s name to Make-a-Wish, Alaska & Washington, 811 1st Ave., Suite 520, Seattle, WA 98104 (800-304-9476)
— Family of Michael R. Evanger