Harold Edward Evans was born in Detroit on April 23, 1927. After serving in the US Navy, he obtained a degree in business from University of Michigan. Recruited by R. Perry Shorts of Second National Bank, Harold moved to Saginaw where he devoted his life as an advocate for his adopted hometown. He coined the phrase: “A Jewel is Saginaw” and had little patience for anyone who thought the was “nothing to do” in Saginaw.
His career at Second National Bank spanned 42 years, starting as bookkeeper. Through the years, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer/ Secretary of SNB Corporation, Treasurer of Century Life Corporation and Secretary of the SNB Board of Directors.
His positive attitude, humorous wit, charm and infectious optimism was legendary, leading by example and encouraging others to share his community involvement. He volunteered with many organizations including Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital, Health Source Advisory Board, Saginaw Symphony, Saginaw Public Libraries, Saginaw County Historical Museum, Hartley Nature Center, Downtown Beautification Committee, PRIDE, Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission, Saginaw Art Museum, SVSU Humanities Lectures, Saginaw County Hall of Fame, Pit and Balcony Community Theatre, Saginaw Valley Dancers and Art in Public Places.
Harold was an active member of many clubs including Navy League, Saginaw Chamber of Commerce, Elks Club, Saginaw Jaycees, Torch Club, Elks, Optimists, and Economic Clubs of Saginaw and Detroit.
He was an especially ardent supporter of the Arts, for which he received the All Area Arts Award as one of its first honorees.
He established and chaired the Second National Bank extensive art collection of over 400 original works created by local artists in the communities where the bank had offices. A lover of history, Harold advocated for the preservation of the historic SNB building on the corner of Washington and East Genesee, the downtown area and the Cathedral District. He lectured at the R. Perry Shorts School of Banking at Central Michigan University and served on their Board of Directors.
Harold Evans passed away on January 2, 2013 at age 85. His well-lived life of joy, pride and commitment left many lasting positive effects on Saginaw.
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