Evan Kostanty McGahen, of Lebanon, passed away in his home on May 1, 2021, his 22nd birthday.
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Evan was born on May 1, 1999, in Corvallis, Oregon, to Darren McGahen and Karissa Knurowski. He spent his childhood in Oregon, Nevada, and California. As an adult he divided his time between all three states and considered them all home. His home was with his friends and family, and he had an abundance of both.
Evan is survived by his parents Darren and Amanda McGahen of Milton-Freewater, and Karissa Knurowski of Redding, California; sisters Kalise and Aubrey McGahen of Milton-Freewater; sisters Isabella, Siena, and Vita Knurowski of Redding, California; grandparents Kathleen Cepurna of Pilot Rock, Doug Cepurna of Lebanon, Steve and Deanna Knurowski of Lebanon, David Coddington of Albany, Jim and Jocelene Thomas of Albany, and Chalen and Kathy Beltran of Jefferson; a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousin, extended family, and friends he considered family.
He was preceded in death by sister Kylie McGahen, grandmother Cheryl Thomas, and great-grandparents Don and Alice Gallogly.
Evan had a passion for creating music independently and collaborating with friends. Creating and sharing his passion with others was just one of the many ways he showed love to the world. His biggest gift was his ability to be present for those he loved. He would drop everything for friends, family, and even complete strangers in need. Last year during the wildfires, he bought and distributed water and essentials to evacuees and volunteered his time to listen or just give them a hug. Making others feel loved was his biggest priority. It’s clear from the outpouring of memories shared by so many people that he was loved and treasured in return.
He was a fiercely proud and protective big brother to his sisters. If he wasn’t with them he was talking about them, sharing how much they meant to him to anyone listening, always finding ways to honor them and make them feel special. His love and devotion to his family far exceeded that of a typical young man, and everyone who knew him knew how proud he was of his family. His love and devotion extended to his friends, and he made sure everyone knew they were a part of his family if they knew him at all.
He had an abundance of love in his heart for his world and everyone in it, including pets and wildlife. He truly loved everyone. The world is a better place because of the love he poured into it. There aren’t enough words to express how loved and missed he is.
Celebrations of life are being planned in Lebanon, as well as Redding, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Dates will be determined at a later time.