This past Thursday we said goodbye to Dan Evans, the founder of Rod’s Western Palace. Most people know Dan from his many years leading Bob Evans Farm Sausage and Restaurant Company and some know him from his days riding cutting horses – but to us he holds as special place in our hearts as the man who had the idea to start a western store in Columbus, Ohio.
Back in the early days Dan was very involved in the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and was part of a group that helped put the All American Quarter Horse Congress on the map as well. Dan loved to ride and live the western lifestyle. He got started in cutting more than 25 years ago, with a long-standing relationship with trainer Chuck Smith. One of the highlights of his cutting career was winning the 1991 Congress Non-pro Futurity on Leo San Gin.
He started with Bob Evans Farms in 1956, working the company’s sausage production plant in Xenia. In 1959, he became manager of the Bob Evans Farms sausage production plant in Bidwell. Five years later, he moved to the corporate headquarters, as executive vice president of Bob Evans Farms. Dan was elected to chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1971, succeeding his father, Emerson Evans, the company’s founding board chairman and chief executive officer.
Dan is survived by his wife, Temmy Evans and children. He will be remembered as a beloved friend and founder of Rod’s Western Palace.
Sources: National Cutting Horse Association