Payson Mayor Kenny Evans’ son, Rodger, died unexpectedly on Monday.
As of Tuesday morning, the family had not released any details of the death of Rodger Evans, 43, since they were still attempting to notify other members of the extensive, extended family.
Mayor Evans posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“My Cherokee forefathers had a saying that ‘some kindred spirits are just too gentle to live among wolves.’ My oldest son Rodger was just such a spirit. Shortly before noon today at age 43, he learned what is on the other side of that portal we call death. I am sure that with his quick wit, he is probably saying something like ‘Okay you guys, I know what’s over here ... but I ain’t gonna tell you!’ Rodger was a gentle giant with a tender heart.
“As we make this journey together through life, may we take the time to be a little kinder, to listen with our hearts and see what eyes cannot see and may we ever, ever be mindful of those kindred spirits who truly are too ‘gentle to live among wolves.’ signed: a broken hearted dad.”