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Jay Lee Evans, July 21, 1953 - January 9, 2014

Jay, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque and employee of the Open Space Division, passed away suddenly on January 9, 2014.


EVANS, JAY LEE Age 60, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away suddenly on January 9, 2014. He is survived by his mother Bonnie of Albuquerque; Sister Kay (husband Tommy) of Bellingham WA and an abundance of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jay was preceded in death by his father James Lee Evans. Jay was known by many as "Roadrunner Red", his stage name during the years he spent in the circus trick riding and roping - an homage to his long family history of cattle ranching in New Mexico. After retiring from the circus, Jay worked for the City of Albuquerque in several roles including Assistant to the Mayor, Director of Parks and Recreation, and most recently as Associate Planner with Open Space.

Jay made a special connection with each person he encountered, whether it was having him draw a sketch of you, watching him juggle, singing a song together, subjecting you to a corny joke or engaging in a thought provoking conversation. He will be sorely missed. Please join us in a celebration of Jay's life on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. at The City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center at 6500 Coors NW. Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 or Open Space Alliance 6500 Coors Blvd Albuquerque, NM 87120. Please visit our online guestbook for Jay at FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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