Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Eva Knutson: 1921 ~ 2019

 

Eva Jobe Knutson died Thursday, March 14, 2019, at her home in Visalia, She was 97.
 
Eva was born December 19, 1921, to Willis and Esther Jobe at the family home in Woodlake. She attended Woodlake schools and graduated in 1940 from Woodlake Union High School. 
 
That summer, she moved to Horse Corral Pack Station in the Big Meadows area of Sequoia National Forest, where she stayed with her aunt and uncle. This is where she met a tall, talented mule packer named Slim Knutson who was working at Horse Corral for Cecil Pack Trains. Eva and
Slim had many adventures that summer and were married in March 1941.
 
Eva and Slim were married for 75 years. During that three-quarters of a century, the couple raised four children and were actively involved in the raising of their grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-great-grandkids. 
 
Eva was quiet and humble who preferred to avoid the spotlight. But she was a hard worker. 
 
Over the years, she packed oranges, was a practical nurse (called CNAs these days) at a retirement home, and finished up her working life as a nurse at Kaweah Delta Hospital. 
 
Slim and Eva farmed 25 acres of oranges west of Woodlake for many years. In 1976, they  sold the oranges and purchased  a cattle ranch in Drum Valley.
 
(From 1972 to 1984, Slim worked for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks as a packer. He remains a legendary figure in the parks’ trail crew annals, and the tradition is carried on by one of his grandsons.)
 
Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Slim (1919-2016);  her parents; brothers-in-law Harold Beutler and Knut, Donald, and Arlan Knutson; and sisters-in-law Marcia and Helen Knutson. 
 
She is survived by her sister Wilma Beutler; children Bernice Marshall, Elaine Ray and husband Ken, Bruce Knutson and wife Carol, and Rick Knutson; nine grandchildren, a couple dozen great-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren; and lots of nieces and nephews. 
 
A graveside service was held Thursday, March 21, at Woodlake Cemetery. 
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