Like many of the people he surrounded himself with, Tony Evjenth dedicated the better part of his life to skateboarding. As a career team manager, he was, in the purest sense, the man behind the men. During his professional tenure, Tony looked after the careers of some of skateboarding’s most celebrated names—skaters like Marc Johnson, Eric Koston, Daewon Song, Rick McCrank, Brandon Biebel, Rodrigo TX, Torey Pudwill, Jeron Wilson and Justin Eldridge. He also developed and nurtured the talents of up-and-comers including Mike Anderson, Marty Murawski and the late, great, Van Wastell—who’s tragic death in 2008 affected Tony tremendously.
For anyone who’s ever piloted an Econoline across the US, hunted for spots in sketchy neighborhoods at night, coordinated last minute plane ticket changes or endured weeks of demo tours through Europe, you’ll know that being a team manager isn’t always easy. It’s not an occupation for the callow or faint of heart. It’s a gig reserved for those who know, understand and respect skateboarding in a way that only a life time of experience can bring.
Tony handled his job like he handled life—with immortal style and grace. But Tony was much more than just a first class talent manager.
As a man, Tony was a stand alone. He was a dreamer, an artist, a designer, a music maker, a humorist and an entrepreneur—founding his own art and skate-inspired apparel brand, WLLM, in 2010. For those who knew him, he’s remembered as a one-of-a-kind personality—carefree, lovable and unusually funny. Most of all, though, Tony was honest, genuine and true—never two faced, never a shit talker, never-too-cool for school and never too busy for conversation. With Tony, you always knew what you were getting. His consistent, positive energy was magnetic and extremely comforting to be around.
Tony left his family, his friends and the skateboarding community he loved so much way too early. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him and remembered as a gentleman, a loyal friend and a meaningful contributor to one of the most dynamic decades of professional skateboarding. - Cullen Poythress
The skateboard community suffered a great loss when Tony Evjenth passed away. Tony was simply an amazing man who touched all who had the privilege of knowing him. Beloved son, brother, friend, boyfriend, expected father and lifelong skater you are loved and missed. Our hearts go out to all of Tony’s family and friends, may he rest in peace.
Your donation can be submitted online by using your personal bank website under "Pay Bills" and send to Redwood Credit Union as follows:
Anthony Evjenth Memorial Fund
Redwood Credit Union
P.O. Box 6104
Santa Rosa, CA 95406-0104
Acct # 0000376775
For checks please make the check out to Anthony Evjenth Memorial Fund and send to:
Anthony Evjenth Memorial Fund.
475 E. Cotati Ave. #G,
Cotati, CA 94931
Acct # 0000376775
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Friends and family of Tony E,
I am going to be compiling photos, statements, artwork and stories about Tony Evjenth for a book. The purpose of the book will be so when his son Maverick grows up he will know what a truly legendary person his father was and how many people were touched by him. My brother Jeff Henderson said it best this morning that anyone that Tony ever came into contact with left feeling like they were his family. He is one of a kind and We (my brother, myself and my wife Alyssa) want his son to know this as well. If anyone would be like to contribute anything to this book please do. The email address to send anything and everything is neverforgetTonyE@gmail.com.
You can also mail it to me and I can scan anything and send it back if needed:
1051 14th street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
The main purpose of course is to make this book for his son but I know that many of you would probably also like a copy. I figured anyone that wants one should be able to buy one but I thought I could make the price of the book a little more than the actual cost to print it and all the money above printing costs will go to Laura and baby Maverick. The cost will be figured out when I know how much content we have and what it will cost to make them. Feel free to ask me any questions and please submit. - Brian
To add to Tony's feed just tag you photos on Flickr with both Evjenth and WLLM, they they will be included. (We ask that you please be respectful when doing so).
Most of these photos are from Josh Powner's Flickr feed of Tony, if you would like to add photos or have some words about Tony you can do so via email at neverforgetTonyE@gmail.com.
Josh Powner and Brian Henderson's edits inspired me to dig through my box of Hi8 tapes for these clips of Tony Evjenth from summer of 1995. - Jon Miner
My good buddy Tony Evjenth took a bunch of my old 8mm and Hi8 tapes (and a few of his) and threw this edit together as a way of learning a new editing system. This thing has some Santa Rosa legends in it. Joel Price, Jon Miner, Hanzy Driscol, Adam Theis... so many memories. - Josh Powner
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