Donald Evans

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    - Carolyn McClure
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Donald Hilton Evans (U.S. Navy Ret.), 78, passed peacefully away on November 8, 2014. Don was born in Longview, Texas to parents Byrd Cobb Evans and Claudia Louise Evans on October 22, 1936. He grew up in Cyril, Oklahoma.

Don is survived by his loving wife Joyce, his two daughters Nona and husband John Spillers, and Susan and husband David Buhrman of Austin, Texas; three grandsons: Charlie Lloyd of Grand Saline, Texas, Patrick Spillers of Austin, Texas and Donald Miller of Austin, Texas, his sisters Margaret McChargue and Nona Elrod of Houston, Texas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a host of treasured friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents, his son Donald H. Evans, Jr., his brothers Robert Evans and Dick Evans, and sisters Marion Pfendler and Pat McCloskey.

Don joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1954 and entered into active service in 1955. He spent much of his Naval career in the nuclear submarine service during the Korean & Vietnam wars. He proudly served on the U.S.S. Lafayette (SSBN616) Blue Crew for many years before receiving a transfer to the Pentagon where he served as Admiral's Writer for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations - Submarine Warfare. In addition, Don acted as Staff Leading Yeoman for the Fleet Ballistic Missile Squadron 15 inPearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to his retirement in 1972, Don attained the rank of Yeoman Senior Chief Petty Officer (YNCS SS).

Don received many citations and service decorations during his career including the Good Conduct Medal with Silver Star (5 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the prestigious U.S. Navy Commendation Medal awarded him in 1972. His Navy scrapbooks are filled with letters of recommendation, appreciation and accolades from members of the Admiralty who found "Chief Evans" positively indispensable.

Don met Joyce Louise Klein in 1956 and they married in 1958 inSan Diego, California. Upon retirement from active service, Don and his family moved to Conroe, Texas and then to Willis, Texas where he managed the Loch Ness Marina on Lake Conroe for several years before accepting a position with Louisiana Pacific Corporation. He retired from LP after 13 years of service in quality control and as OSB Scale Yard Foreman.

Don enjoyed and excelled in many endeavors throughout his amazing life. His accomplishments were numerous, and among his many titles are included: master woodworker, collector of antiques & vintage time pieces, old car enthusiast, avid fisherman, voracious reader, world traveler, and computer geek. First, last, and always; however, Don Evans was a Navy Chief.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at the Corinthian Point Yacht & Racquet Club located at 14008 Lakepoint Dr., Willis, Texas, on November 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please honor Don with a donation to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation. For more information, please visit or you may mail your gift to The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, 4966 Euclid Road, Suite 109, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

Published on from Nov. 10 to Nov. 23, 2014
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