Evan Michael Cablayan (Courtesy photo)

The greater Los Angeles community recently mourned the passing of Evan Michael (Horsely) Cablayan. Evan was born June 6, 1980, and died on April 29, 2024.

During the 43 years he lived, he exhibited a love for life and left an indelible impression upon those he knew as well as those who were less well-known to him.  Raised in Altadena, California, he attended Glendale Adventist Academy, Marshall Fundamental School and Flintridge Preparatory School prior to studying at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA.

According to a relative, “It was through his artistic endeavors that Evan leaves the most visual statements for us to enjoy.  Evan specialized in acrylics, collage, and mixed media creations.”

Later in his life he developed an interest in mixology and created drinks for restaurants and bars throughout the Washington, D.C. area where he lived for 20 some years. His skills in mixology led to his appearance on “Good Morning D.C.” and a few other morning shows and his drinks were highlighted in a variety of food magazines and news articles about specialty drinks.

Also, Evan loved to cook.  His culinary creations, despite the lack of formal training, were relished by family and friends who were fortunate enough to be present when he created his masterful culinary delights.

Evan was also a great athlete; his interest in football and basketball emerged at age six.  He was a standout at Flintridge Prep as a quarterback and running back in football and point guard and guard in basketball.  He served as a ballboy for the Los Angeles Clippers for seven years. He also played football at Howard University while pursuing his degree in Fine Arts.

Cherishing Evan’s memory are his wife, Ngone; his beloved daughter, Ella, for whom her mother, Lisa Kerns continues to provide loving care and nurturance; parents, Patrice and Leonardo Cablayan; his birth father, Kennard Horsely; brother, Stevan Cablayan; sister, Shanan Cablayan; brothers, Kennard Horsley, Jr. , Lance Horsley; and a large contingent of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, all of whom Evan held close to their heart.