James Bryant Evans

March 10, 1955 ‒ December 27, 2019

Westerville, Ohio

James Bryant Evans, age 64, of Westerville, passed Friday, December 27, 2019 peacefully at his residence.

Retired Firefighter and Paramedic, Jim previously worked for the City of Columbus and Sharon Townships, as well as MedFlight and SkyMed.  Jim was also passionate about education and was an instructor at Columbus State University.  He was Founder and Treasurer of the Columbus Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Board President of the Community Library in Sunbury and Board Member of the Columbus State Community College EMS Advisory Board.  In 2015 Jim was awarded the OhioHealth EMS Award for Excellence and in 2001 the Medal of Valor from the State of Ohio, Department of Public Safety.

Jim earned the Rank of Eagle Scout and continued to serve as an adult volunteer for Westerville Troop 192, where his son and daughter are members.

Jim was born March 10, 1955 in Frankfort, Germany to the late Roy and Vivian (Hall) Evans.  He is also proceeded in death by brother-in-law, Dave Thompson and nephew, Dustin Thompson.  Jim is survived by twins, Ian and Olivia Evans to whom he was a very devoted and proud father; their mother, Laura; his twin sister, Karen (Roger) Argabrite, sister, Elaine Thompson; nieces and nephews, Rori (Dan) Goldsmith, Randi (Zach) Thompson, Ryan (Elaine) Argabrite, Landon (Katie) Argabrite.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00-3:00 pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the Local 67 Union Hall, 379 W. Broad Street, Columbus, 43215, with remembrances starting at 1:30.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Columbus Firefighter Charitable Foundation, 379 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215 or to Christopher’s Promise, 323 Chatham Road, Columbus, OH 43214 in Jim’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Evans family.  Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • I’m very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. When I recently saw him I certainly didn’t expect it would be the last time. He did have the smile on his face which was ever present. My condolences to the entire family.

  • So Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. What a terrible Loss. So thankful, we had the opportunity to spend some time with him on Christmas Eve . Our thoughts and Prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. May God bless you and give you strength & peace as you mourn this sudden loss.

    Dan & Barb Goldsmith

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to Jim’s family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Worked with Jim on the CFD. He was a great professional and an awesome guy to work with. He will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I always enjoyed his conversations when I saw him on campus at Columbus State. He will be greatly missed in the EMS and firefighting community.

  • I was sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great teacher of countless EMT’s and Medic students. I was lucky enough to have him help teach and guide me as I started my career as a medic and as a instructor myself. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I was an instructor along with Jim at Columbus State. He was always my Go-to guy for answers to difficult guestions from the students. Always smiling and easy going. My condolences to the family.

  • So very sorry for your, and our, loss!

    Jim was a great medic and public servant… something to truly be proud of.

    So sorry!!! RIP Jim… we got the Watch!!!

    CFD Bn2/1u B/C Ken Davis (ret)

  • Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was an excellent medic and teacher. I was fortunate to work with him @ Ohio Health and SkyMed -no matter the situation he was calm and focused Prayers for his family

  • We are so sorry for your Family’s loss. Jim made an Impact on all of us.
    We will hold on to the great memories and hope to reunite with our Friend one day.

  • Thoughts and prayers with all of Jim’s family and friends. May he Rest In Peace. Rita and Gary Johnson

  • I was so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I got to know him on the board at the Community Library and always looked up to his commitment to the community. He left a wonderful legacy of service. My sincerest sympathies go out to his family and other friends.

  • Sincere condolences to all the Evan’s family. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. I had many great memories of Jim in our backyard neighborhood growing up and at parties after our graduation. He will be missed.
    Larry and Debra Layton

  • Evans Family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss. We will miss Jim.
    Condolences,

    Al & Carla Bell

  • I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Jim was a great man. He was a friend and mentor to me. I’m thankful I was able to have him as one of my instructors at CSCC. He encouraged me during my journey from EMT-B to medic to ER physician. He was always so proud of the twins and shared photos and stories about them. You’re all in my prayers during this difficult time.
    -Missy

  • To the family and close friends of Jim – so very sorry for your loss and to hear of his sudden passing. During the time I’ve known Jim (mid to late 90s), certain descriptive words come to mind like: user friendly, passionate, trustworthy, professional, excellence in patient care and education. Just an all around great guy. He will be sadly missed. I’m sorry I cannot be there, but thoughts and prayers are with you and may God Bless you and be with you.

  • Dear family,
    My condolences to you. I am saddened by Jim’s passing over. He was too young. I have such fond memories of Jim and Karen from Big Walnut days. It was a privilege and a honor to serve both in the classroom. I am sorry that a medical situation prevents me from attending the funeral.
    Love always,

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Jim’s Life Celebration video is absolutely beautiful. It brought back so many memories of us growing up and and the wonderful family you have. Jim loved his twins so much and were so proud of them and we will be praying for for them. Jim made such an impact on this earth and touched so many lives. We’re sure many of those stories were shared at his Celebration of Life. We hope they touched your hearts and gave you some peace and comfort. Hugs and prayers coming your way. Sending our love to all of you, Joe, Darlene, and Breezy❤️❤️❤️

  • Was so sad to see Jim’s obituary yesterday as I was looking for another obit. Even though we lost touch sometime after high school at Big Walnut, I always considered Jim a dear friend & have many fond memories of him & his family who always had a door open to their friends. I remember several parties there. My condolences to Jim’s sister Karen & other members of his family.

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