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The American Quarter Horse AssociationJune 13, 2013
In 1986, Mr Conclusion was world champion aged stallion at the AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal file photo)
Longtime American Quarter Horse breeder James E. Evans, 69, of Webberville, Michigan, died June 11.
Jim was best known as one of the breeders of Mr Conclusion, the 1982 sorrel stallion who will go into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in March.
Jim was born January 25, 1944, in Memphis, Michigan, son of the late Wilkie and Elizabeth Evans, and grew up in Richmond, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his service, he worked in the oil fields in northern Michigan before founding Northfork Farms in Kalkaska, Michigan, in 1970 along with Mark Toteff.
As a breeding farm, Northfork accumulated more than 50 world, reserve and Congress halter champions. Jim considered the breeding of Mr Conclusion as one of his greatest accomplishments. Mr Conclusion was inducted into the Michigan Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2000, and Jim followed in 2005 for his dedication to his horses and his work with the Michigan Quarter Horse Youth Association.
Jim moved to Webberville and with his partner, Christie Showerman, began to build NorthFork Outback-Farm, which opened in 1990.
Jim was happy and often would say “I had a fun life.” A memorial gathering is set for 3 p.m. June 15 at NorthFork Outback-Farm in Webberville.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Chuck Evans and Tom Evans.
Survivors include his siblings, Pat Iseler, Murray Evans, Ray Evans and Neil Evans; a daughter, Nicole Schafer, and four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Lily, Piper and Hank.
In lieu of flowers, Jim requested that memorials be sent to Nicole Schafer for his grandchildren’s trust fund in care of Faulmann & Walsh Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Fraser, MI 48026.
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