Jesus of Sun City West, AZ, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2:30 P.M. at 73 years of age. After three months of courageously fighting complicated health problems, he passed away peacefully at home surrounded by close family and friends.
Dr. Evangelista was born April 19, 1946 in Manila, Philippines to the late Feliciano and Cristina Soriano Evangelista.
Dr. Evangelista earned his medical degree in 1971 from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in Manila, Philippines. He completed his internship at St. Peter’s Hospital in New York and residency at The Washington Hospital in Pennsylvania. Dr. Evangelista was Board Certified in both Family and Geriatric Medicine and had a private practice for over 25 years in Washington, Pennsylvania. He also served as Medical Director of a few nursing homes in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Evangelista absolutely loved being a physician, caring for his patients, and helping anyone in need. He went above and beyond to ensure his patients had the best care. He retired from private practice in 2003.
After a few years of enjoying retirement in Arizona, he began working part time as a hospitalist, and later became Medical Director of American Premier Home Health Care and Hospice, as well as saw patients in an outpatient psychiatry office. He also served on several medical missions providing medical care to severely under-served communities in the Philippines. Dr. Evangelista loved to educate others in medicine, even up until his final days.
During his childhood, he loved playing basketball and serving as an alter boy at his local Catholic church. As an adult, he had a passion for playing tennis and traveling around the world.
Dr. Evangelista will be remembered for not only being an excellent physician but also a devoted and trusted friend, neighbor, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather. He was a loving and proud father to Nicole (Will) Brandt of Powell, OH and Nathan Evangelista of Phoenix, AZ. He is adored by his beloved grandsons, Mason and Michael Brandt.
Dr. Evangelista is predeceased by sisters, Maria Evangelista and Estelita Evangelista Jose and brothers, Rudolfo Evangelista and Dante Evangelista. He is survived by his brothers, Delio Evangelista and Bernado Evangelista; sisters, Leticia Evangelista Pagsanghan, Teresita Evangelista Martin, and Carmencita Evangelista; and over 30 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for close family and friends will be held in Sun City West, AZ at a future date. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Dr. Evangelista, please send it to either the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the caring team at the American Premier Home Health Care and Hospice, 4745 N. 7th St., Suite 240, Phoenix, AZ 84014, who took amazing care of him during his last few days at home.