J. W. “Bub” Evans was born July 3, 1929 in Verde County, Texas. He attended local schools as well a military school and finished his education at Sul Ross and New Mexico State.
Evans was an active rodeo competitor at an early age, entering the bull dogging and the rough stock events. He entered rodeos from Madison Square Garden to Cheyenne with many stops along the way including Pecos.
Bub loved the West of the Pecos Rodeo as it was a close as he could get to his hometown. He worked all events including the steer roping at Pecos. He even helped his brother-in-law Tommy Steiner pickup the rough stock too. He was a member of the Turtle Rodeo Association as well as the PRCA. Evans carried his Gold Card #131 that he was very proud of.
Billie Anne and Bub Evans were married on March 1, 1952 and went to many rodeos together, including the Steiner XS Rodeo tour of Cuba. Of course that was before Castro took over the country. Bub recalled that the rodeo was a round bull fighting arena and crushed oyster shells were used in lieu of dirt. This proved to be very hard on the horses. As the rodeo troupes were flying back to Florida the cowboys looked out the window and saw the ship that was carrying Castro to Cuba. All were glad to be gone from there.