While participating in one of his favorite pastimes, Noah died June 4, 2016, outside of Ensenada, Mexico, during the Baja 500 desert race. He was 35.
He was born Sept. 26, 1980, in Pullman WA to James F. Evermann and Maureen F. Curtin Evermann. Noah married Bridgette Normandin on March 12, 2005, in Pullman and the couple later made their home near Anchorage, Alaska.
Noah graduated from Pullman High School with the class of 1999. Prior to graduation, Noah had already enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and graduated basic training with honors. He was a USMC Military Police K-9 dog handler, a role he cherished and one that cemented his love for dogs the rest of his life. While in Hawaii at his first duty station, Noah was awarded a selective U.S. Navy ROTC full scholarship to the University of Idaho and he said goodbye to his first working dog, Quanta. He accepted the scholarship and was transitioned to Idaho 15 days before Sept. 11, 2001.
Noah later gave up his scholarship to return and serve with his fellow Marines, deploying to Iraq in September 2005 with his dog Borris. Together they served helping to protect their fellow servicemen and women. Borris often slept under Noah’s bed while deployed, Noah taking care to feed and personally see to Borris’ medical needs before his own. Noah’s other multiple deployments while an explosive detection dog handler for the U.S. Department of State included Iraq and Afghanistan. He had the honor of working with his new dog, Boomer, whom he affectionately nicknamed “BoomNutz,” and later his next dog Darla. He and Bridgette later adopted Boomer and he lived out his days with them at their home. Among Noah’s many achievements include when Noah and Boomer successfully secured the Presidential Palace for President Obama’s first state visit to Afghanistan. Noah loved his dogs and was an expert trainer and handler. Prior to his security work, Noah served and was honorably discharged from both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard.
He was a gifted athlete and where he did not have the inherent talent, he made up for in sheer determination and hard work. Noah enjoyed spending time with Bridgette, his family, his fellow Marines and veterans of all services, his many devoted friends and his dogs, Jaxon Five Sinatra, Kodi and Beaux. He also loved playing and watching soccer, and riding motorcycles. Noah’s love of motorcycles introduced him to some of his closest and most devoted friends. After his many deployments, riding motorcycles and being with his dogs was where Noah felt most at ease. While still overseas, he once purchased a motorcycle that he picked up in Baltimore and then rode all the way to Anchorage. For his brother John’s wedding he rode from Anchorage to his beloved Lake Tahoe, high in the Sierra Nevadas.
Besides his love for his dogs, family and friends, perhaps Noah’s greatest legacy will be his innumerable collection of self-produced adventure videos. Noah directed and starred in hundreds of videos, chronicling a life lived to its fullest, out-of-doors, in all seasons, and always with his family and friends, new and old.
Noah’s experiences made his love stronger, his friendships richer and heightened his sense of justice and what was right. He generated a joyful force that all wanted to be a part of. While many try to balance their lives along a spectrum between careful and cautious planning with the occasional burst of fun, Noah lived on a spectrum of energy and effervescent joy. Just being around him made you reflect and pursue new adventures, however small or big they may be. That is a gift he gave everyone who ever met him. During every exhibition, he laughed and made others laugh. He cried and made others cry. He served and helped others to serve. He lived, and may he help all of us, to live a life full of challenge and adventure.
Memorial donations are recommended to the Go Fund Me Account https://www.gofundme.com/28rpcg9k or to the Warrior Dog Foundation http://warriordogfoundation.org/.
On behalf of our staff and readers at S&S Off Road Magazine we offer our sincere gratitude to Noah and his family for his service to our country; and our deepest sympathies to Bridgette and all of his family and friends. Thank you for sharing Noah’s life with us.