Dr. Michel Evard
Retired physician, Dr. Michel Evard, 83, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2021 in Norman, Oklahoma. The son of the late Frederic Henri Evard and Jeanne (Gilles) Evard, Michel was born August 28, 1937 in Gland, Switzerland.
Dr. Evard is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Janene (Odom) Evard; son Remy Evard and his wife Michele (Pezet) Evard; daughter Melina Evard; and grandchildren Andre, Rose and Joelle Evard. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Rene and Jean-Paul Evard and his sister, Christiane (Evard) Poublan.
Michel attended high school on the island of Mauritius and in Bogenhofen, Austria. Having traveled to the United States by ship, Michel attended Union College in Nebraska where he and Janene met. He liked to say he fell in love with her at first sight. They were married on July 22, 1962.
Michel graduated with his MD from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA in 1965, then completing residencies for otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) and general surgery as well as a year of post-residency training in head and neck cancer. He established his medical practice in Ardmore, OK in 1976 and was a beloved community physician for over 40 years.
Dr. Evard not only took care of generations of families, but also continued to study new techniques, including endoscopic sinus surgery which he introduced to the state of Oklahoma. Later in his career, he taught surgery as a volunteer professor at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and the Oklahoma City Veterans Hospital.
Michel played the violin for most of his life. He loved watercolor painting, photography, classical music, hiking, skiing, and his family most of all. He made sure to take his family to Europe as often as possible so his children could know their extended family, including their Swiss grandparents and relatives in both France and Switzerland. In retirement, he enjoyed travelling with Janene to visit his children, grandchildren and extended family.
He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.
A Gathering of Remembrance for Dr. Evard will be held Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm at the funeral home. The family has asked that all in attendance to please wear a face mask.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Adventist Development & Relief Agency (https://adra.org/ or 1-800-424-ADRA).
Cremation-With-Care was provided by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home, where words of comfort to Dr. Michel Evard's family may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.
Posted online on July 27, 2021