Eric Scott Evans died on June 24, 2022 in Columbia, MO. He was 61 years old. Eric was born on August 27, 1960 in Carbondale, IL, the second child of Roy Winston and Sharon Rae Evans.
Eric attended David H. Hickman High School, where he graduated in 1978. There he met Teresa Lea Patterson during one of the many theater productions they participated in. The high school sweethearts married in 1981 and had one child, Jason Patrick Evans, born in 1987.
After high school, Eric joins the army. After active duty in the military, Eric attended the University of Missouri where he graduated with a degree in medical sociology with a minor in health care administration in 1987. Eric has always had a love for Mizzou, working at the university for several years and was a football season ticket holder for many years. While at Mizzou, he served as an Emergency Management Specialist for the Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute and later with the UM Police Department as the University’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
After serving in the military, Eric joined the Missouri National Guard until his retirement in 2018, a career spanning 36 years of service. He retired as a colonel and deputy commander of the Missouri National Guard Medical Command in Jefferson City, Missouri. His stint in the National Guard included a 14-month deployment as commander of the 1st Multi-National Force Support Battalion and Observers in Sinai, Egypt.
After graduating from Mizzou, Eric worked for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency as an All Hazards Planner and State Training Officer for 13 years. He then joined the University of Missouri. After his work at Mizzou, Eric joined the state and was working with the Jefferson City Department of Mental Health at the time of his death. Throughout his time at state and college, he has worked with FEMA and the Institute of Emergency Management as an instructor and curriculum consultant. Eric has also been involved in disaster field work at the state and federal level, working in Damage Assessment and Joint Disaster Field Offices and Disaster Application Centers. of disaster.
Eric will be remembered for his passion for Mizzou, his love of the country, his sense of humor, his service to his community and his love of gardening. Eric and Lea regularly donated to the Central Humane Society and all of their dogs were adopted from there, except for the stray who once followed them home on an evening walk.
Eric was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Teresa Lea Patterson Evans, and his parents, Roy and Sharon Evans.
Eric is survived by his son, Jason Evans and his wife, Brianna Casey Evans, as well as two grandchildren, Apollo Casey Evans and Halcyone Sue Evans of Cape Girardeau, MO. Additionally, Eric is survived by his brother, Mike Evans and his wife Tara, of Sierra Vista, AZ; sister Kelley Evans Davis and husband Tom of Tamarac, FL; stepmother Shirley Patterson of Columbia, MO; brother-in-law Lance Patterson and his wife Jill McEntegart of Atlanta, GA; nephews Michael Patterson and his wife Paloma of Madrid, Spain; Nathan Patterson and his wife Erin of Buffalo, NY; and Andrew Patterson who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps.
The family will receive guests for a memorial service on July 22, 2022 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202. A celebration of life will follow in the funeral chapel at 10:30 a.m.