A celebration of a short life, well lived


Bradley Phillips Evans

October 10, 1977 - January 28, 2001


- a brief biography appearing in the program of his memorial service, February 4, 2001 -

Brad Evans was born on October 10, 1977, at Hoag Memorial Hospital, Presbyterian, in Newport Beach. He joined his brothers, Morgan and Matt, and they became each other's best friends. They attended Sunday School at St. Andrew's Church and sang in the Boy Choir.

Brad attended Harbor View Elementary and Corona del Mar Junior and Senior High School. He was a fine student and received academic letters each semester. Upon graduation in 1996 he was awarded a Regents and Chancellors' Academic Scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley.

Brad was interested in all sports and displayed a natural athleticism that earned him many honors. He loved baseball and basketball and played soccer for many years. He participated at all levels in Little League, usually at first base. Brad especially loved Boys' Club basketball and went on to become a starting guard on the Corona del Mar varsity team. Brad's coaches were always generous with their words of praise for his skills, teamwork, spirit, and sportsmanship.

Brad traveled extensively with both family and friends. He studied for a semester in Santiago, Chile, and became fluent in Spanish. He toured much of South America and made the four-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. He and several college friends traveled through Europe in the summer of 1998 and over the years he crossed the US several times to visit family and friends.

Brad's compassionate heart and social conscience found expression in his participation with the Cal team in the California AIDS Ride for charity last June. He spent several weeks training for and then, along with 2800 other cyclists, rode the 400 miles from San Francisco to Century City. This effort raised a total of over $11,000,000. Brad also volunteered as a tutor to elementary school students in the Berkeley area.

Today, the Berkeley flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Brad who, from the time he arrived as a freshman, thought that Cal had been especially made for him. He was so happy and comfortable as a Golden Bear. At the graduation ceremony on May 21, a family member will walk in his stead and accept his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.