John "Poppy" Evans Ph.D.
1930 - 2018
Evans PhD, John PoppyMarch 12, 2018 John Lewis Evans Sr, PhD, of Winter Springs, Florida, died peaceably March 11, 2018, at 4:45 PM, with his devoted wife Barbara at his side. The inveterate history professor at UCF was 87. He is survived by 5 daughters - Banning Radler, Catharine Grigsby, Annabelle Stiffler, Atlee Swartz, Annie Bieschke, and son, John Jr. He has 18 thriving grandchildren. Further, to culminate, or catalyze, his legacy, he has 4 great grandchildren and counting. Since 1971, when Poppy took a job at UCF (then FTU), he has been predicting success for Knight football teams. Moreover, since his days at The Haverford School, he loved the Philadelphia Eagles. What a perfect year for the die-hard fan to make his exit. Maybe this is the year of his beloved Phillies too? Dr Evans attended Yale, and went on to earn a Master's degree from Georgetown, and a PhD from the Univ of North Carolina. He served in the Korean War and learned Russian at the Army Language School in Monterey. He authored 7 books, and his educational tours of Russia were a thing of legend. But it was family that mattered most - sine qua non. Service will be held at St Stephen Catholic Community, Winter Springs, March 24, 10 AM. We love you Poppy.

Published by Orlando Sentinel from Mar. 16 to Mar. 18, 2018.
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I had Dr. Evens as a professor at UCF. I now teach high school history and tell many stories from my time in his classes. He was a wonderful man and absolutely made history enjoyable.
Jerry Russell
September 21, 2021
Dear Banning & Banning, JR. and all family members, please accept my sincere condolences on your loss of John. Will always remember John arranging for an educational trip to the U.S.S.R. which included a dozen students from Trinity Prep during the middle of the academic school year! As Chairman of the History Department, I hired a substitute (Carole Denicole) to cover Peter Crone's classes. Am certain that not only did the Soviet Union trip have long-lasting affect on our Trinity students but had an equally profound impact on the Soviet authorities as well. Trips such as John's helped to thaw relations with a heretofore enemy of the Cold War!' Carole Denicole would soon after become a full-time legendary Trinity teacher who became very involved with NASA. Viewing John's Postal History Stamp Collection in your beautiful home on Via Tuscany was a memorable treat as was meeting your gracious Grandmother in Naples, Florida. Attending your Wedding reception at the WPRC was an amazing blast! Will always recall Banning dancing with Roland Evans. So many other great and special times with the most beautiful Evans family are forever cherished. God Bless and stay safe in these uncertain times. With Love, Randy Moore, former Chairman of the History Department of Trinity Preparatory School of Florida and family friend.
Randy Moore
March 23, 2020
To my dear Banning,
I'm just now seeing your dad's obituary. I'm so sorry for your loss. Please send my love to your family.
Miss you my dear friend!
Julie Jackson
August 19, 2018
Dear Barbara
So sorry for your loss. John is now at peace and standing tall watching over you. You and your family are in my prayers.
God Bless
Kathy and Ron Johnstone
March 24, 2018
Please accept my condolences for your loss. Grief can be so hard, but the fond memories you cherish can comfort and sustain you during this time. 1 Peter 5:6,7
March 22, 2018
To the Evans family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the God of comfort be with you doing your time of grief.
Thank you
March 16, 2018
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