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Evenson retiring at age 74

Tom Evenson

Tom Evenson, 74, has decided to end his 60-year career as a Hudson plumber, operating the business Tom's Plumbing and Repair.

The 1955 Hudson High School graduate currently has some health issues regarding his lungs and decided to call it quits earlier this month.

Evenson has 60 years of experience because he started working in his dad's plumbing shop as a teenager in the early 1950s. His dad, Palmer Evenson, worked as a plumber in Hudson in the late 1930s, 1940s and 1950s until he died in 1958 at the age of 42.

For many years, Tom Evenson worked with his brother, Roger Evenson, in the Evenson Plumbing business. Tom went on his own starting April 1, 1992, when he opened Tom's Plumbing.

"I concentrated on repairs and small remodeling jobs," Evenson said. "I enjoyed working by myself and always enjoyed plumbing work. I especially want to thank my customers over the years. They gave me the opportunity to do the work I enjoyed doing."

Evenson has also been a big supporter of Hudson High School athletics, including approximately 40 years of working on the sideline chains of Hudson Raider home football games. His community service was capped by 40-plus years of service to the Hudson Boosters, including a stint as president. With the Boosters, Evenson coached both Booster baseball and football. He also coached basketball for the Hudson Basketball Association and has worked with the youth golf program at Badlands Golf Course.

Over the years he has been active with the United Way and was named 1987 Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. He was also inducted to the Hudson High School Wall of Fame in 2002.

It was not always a smooth ride, however, for Evenson, who battled alcoholism for a number of years. He said he has been alcohol-free since 1973.

"I was first treated in 1970 in Chetek, but needed treatment again in 1973 at St. John's in the Twin Cities," Evenson said. "I met many great people through Alcoholics Anonymous - it's a good program."

Aside from his family, his real love in life is playing golf.

"I still play twice a week and just love it," Evenson said. "Some days I play well, some not so well."

He admitted to having four holes-in-one during his life.

"I had two at Badlands, one at the Hudson Golf Club and one in Florida," Evenson said.

Evenson and his wife, Jo Ann, have three adult children, all of whom live in the area. Their daughter is Jean Ecker and sons are Bob and Jim Evenson.