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Forever Loved


Remembering Evan

This site was created in memory of Evan,

our loving son, brother, and friend.


February 12th 1997 - June 2nd 2023

Rochester, NY - Exeter, NH - Golden, CO

Evan embodied joy - his life was filled with humility, grace, perseverance, and an enduring sense of optimism. He ascends from us having truly found his purpose: being in community and gathering with his tribe of loved ones, adventuring into uncharted wilderness together.

Evan was raised by his dedicated parents Jennifer (Harris) and Hugh Thomas, and grew up with his adoring sisters, Madeline and Meredith, in Rochester, NY. He affectionately wrote about his childhood neighborhood in an essay titled "CreekFort" -


"Maples, oaks, and poplar trees line our winding street on both sides, culminating at the cul-de-sac, my cul-de-sac. Our house, the last one, backs up to the creek, a focal point of activity for me in my elementary days... With my best friends, CreekFort became our collective passion...A formidable structure of stones and wooden branches....CreekFort, my first community. Although unique to my childhood, it could be recreated a thousand or more times in my life."

After attending high school at Phillips Exeter Academy, Evan followed in his Dad's footsteps and attended John Hopkins University. The call of nature and adventure brought Evan to transfer to Colorado College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government. While there, he discovered his life's passion: mountain biking. He went on to build his life around biking, hiking, and backcountry skiing with his crew of equally adventurous and loving friends. Evan was welcomed into a community of support and brotherhood with his fellow transfer students - friends that remain his lifelong partners.

Evan was a paralegal at a small law firm in Denver where he quickly developed a reputation for his ability to connect with clients based on his empathy, kindness, and understanding. Living with his close friends from CC in Golden, CO, Evan loved to host, always finding joy in the simplicity of gathering with the people he loved to grill and share meals with one another.

Above all, Evan was intentional and unwavering in his caring for others. Whether volunteering with Intervol, which redistributes medical supplies and equipment worldwide, to being a mentor to middle schoolers in a peer-to-peer program or leading the International Students Acclimation program at Colorado College, Evan always wanted to help those in need. He loved to spend time with his parents and sisters, especially gathering as a family in Telluride to ski, hike or just watch a gorgeous sunset on the front deck - the Colorado sky glowing against the San Juan mountains.

Evan, we will look for you in the light that filters between maple leaves, the diamond glisten of untouched snow, and everywhere in between.

We love you so much.

Honoring Evan

Memorial contributions may be made to The family plans to direct donations to charitable causes that reflect Evan's remarkable life and spirit.

Click below to learn more about our plans to honor Evan.

His Life


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