Dan Evans, the son-in-law of Jack Kelly, Jr. and father of current president and CEO, Mason Evans, took over ownership and operation of JH Kelly Plumbing and Heating in 1974. Under his leadership, JH Kelly evolved from the second largest plumbing outfit in Longview, Washington to a nationally recognized mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and self-performing  industrial general contractor. His humble leadership, gambler’s audacity, and the personal interest he took in every JH Kelly employee informs every aspect of the company. His passing in 2022 left a huge hole in both the company and the lives of everyone who knew him. This page is dedicated to remembering and celebrating his life.

Danny Lou Evans Obituary


Dan Evans celebration of life was held April 23, 2022 at the Cowlitz Expo Center. In keeping with Dan’s approach to life, though the event was somber, it was also filled with great memories and a healthy helping of good humor.

Dan’s life was dynamic, filled with family, friends, business, fishing, his beloved dogs, and an ever present tobacco pipe. Here are a few images of him throughout his life.


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