Clyde Orvel Evans is the son of James Garnet Evans and Erma Mae Yoccum. He was born in Morgan Siding. His mother, Erma, is the great-great granddaughter of John Yoccum who was part of the Stockbridge removal from New York in the early 1800's. Erma's mother, Lena Antone is the granddaughter of Thomas Antone and Elizabeth Pye and John Chicks and Hannah Calvin.
Clyde's brothers and sisters are; Edith Margaurite, Robert, Roy, Ned, Beulah, Lucille (died as a child) Harold and Roger. Clyde and Harold are the only surviving family members.
Clyde's father was a school teacher in Morgan Siding. He also was, for a time, a minister as well, holding Sunday meetings in the schoolhouse. Clyde has told us that having his father for a teacher was rough because his father expected the best from his own children. As a young boy, Clyde spent some time with his uncle, Ira Miller, during his mother's illness. His uncle gave him his first Heath radio kit to build which sparked his interest in electronics.
Clyde tells of living on the outskirts of Morgan Siding; how in the evenings the only light was from kerosene lamps shining through the windows of homes and stores. And when the first automobile was purchased by a local resident, you could hear it coming for quite a while in the quiet countryside.
The family moved to Milwaukee soon after the depression. Clyde joined his brothers and sold newspapers on the city streets of Milwaukee. The brothers relied on one another for support and protection in the competitive business of a "newsie".
As a young man Clyde was a boxer for the "Golden Gloves" Boxing Association and later enlisted in the army. He earned several certificates and letters of achievement in the electronics and communication fields relating to his work on the Manhattan Project. It was during this time that he met his first wife, Carol Nelson. They married and had 3 children; James, Elizabeth and Susan.
Following his honorable discharge from the army, Clyde began working for Harneshfager, the large manufacturer of tractors and farm machinery. He continued taking classes at the University of Wisconsin and in 1956 he moved his family to California to begin his career with Lockheed Aerospace Corp. In 1963 Lockheed moved their family to the San Francisco Bay Area where Clyde advanced as a Design Engineer and Scientist before retiring in 1978.
By then Clyde and Carol had divorced. With his children grown, Clyde filled his time learning foreign languages and traveling to South American and Asia.
In 1986 he met his present wife, Lady Tueevakano of Tonga; or Lavinia to those who know her. She is the niece of the King of Tonga and has been a sweetheart and companion for these many years. She is the sunshine and joy in Clyde's life and was truly Heaven sent.
Clyde will be celebrating his 90th birthday. His life has spanned from the Wright Brothers to space travel and he's had the opportunity to help develop our national defense as well as our space program. He has the love and devotion of his 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.