'63, Animal Husbandry
College of Agriculture alumnus Marty Evanson has pledged $100,000 through a bequest to support an endowed scholarship for animal science students.
Evanson says he believes in giving back, and the Martin J. Evanson Endowed Scholarship will help an undergraduate who demonstrates financial need.
During his college years, Evanson was active in the Block and Bridle Club for Animal Sciences students as well as the Poly Vue Committee organizing the annual university open house and spring celebration. He was a member of the Junior and Senior Livestock Judging Teams, and he was a campus cheerleader during his junior and senior years.
“At the time, when I was attending Cal Poly Pomona, my parents were able to support me monetarily and were great supporters, and, of course, proud that I was going to college. They also taught me to give back to the community,” he says. “Today, there are young people out there who deserve to go to college and can’t afford it. Isn’t it our responsibility to help them?”
Evanson, whose father worked as a meat merchant in Los Angeles, planned for a career in cattle buying after graduation. Changes in the industry prompted him to alter course to the meat packing house business.
In 1979, Evanson and a business partner established Jobbers Meat Packing Company and Ice Cold Storage Company in Vernon. The first week, he butchered 42,000 pounds of cattle carcasses himself. Soon, he was processing 84,000 pounds (about 100-120 head of cattle) of meat a week, and after about a month, he was able to hire an employee to help.
At its peak, the company processed about 756,000 pounds of beef a week. Today, through its subdivision WilMar Ground Meat, Jobbers Meat provides 1 million pounds of ground beef per week to retailers, food service companies and restaurant distributors in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Through the years, Evanson has supported the university and animal & veterinary sciences department with monetary and in-kind contributions, as well as by serving on the college’s Industry Advisory Council. In 2004-05, he received the college’s Award of Distinction for his service and professional achievements.
“Marty Evanson attributes his success as a leader in the meat packing business to the education he received at Cal Poly Pomona,” Dean Lester Young says. “His generous donation to the College of Agriculture will provide future generations of students the same opportunity he received when he was a student.”
Evanson worked with Dan Wood, director of planned giving in University Advancement, to develop a bequest that would benefit the university and help him reducing his taxes.
Evanson has served on the National Meat Association’s Board of Directors, which recently merged with the North American Meat Processors. He is co-president of the merged 700-plus-member organization, the North American Meat Association, which is a driving force in Washington, D.C., and has developed a working relationship with the USDA. In his community, Evanson supports the City of Hope and Jewish Big Brothers.
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