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Richard Judd Evans
Service: May 20, 2018 (Sunday) at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue, Washington, DC

     

“A good man has passed”

 

Richard Judd (“Dick”) Evans, 95, died May 2, 2018 at his home at Asbury Methodist Village. 

 

Dick was born on July 9, 1922 in Washington DC, to Clarence Judd Evans (Washington DC) and the former LaVaun Haymond (Salt Lake City), the elder of 2 children.  A life-long Washingtonian, he grew up near the Cathedral.  He graduated from Western High School (now Duke Ellington), earning distinction as both a scholar and as the Colonel of Cadets; capturing the city Drill title & trophy for Western HS in 1939 & 1940.  His studies at Cornell University were interrupted by service in WWII (1943 – 1946) where he served with the US Navy Seabees in the Admiralty and Solomon Islands.  Returning to school, he finished his BS at George Washington University in 1948.  

 

That same year, he started work at Judd & Detweiler printing firm, printers of National Geographic magazine.  He worked his way up to Personnel Director, Director of Industrial Relations, and a Corporate Officer (Secretary), retiring in 1984 after 36 years.  He is a former President of the Washington Printing Guild, the Printing Industry of Metropolitan Washington (33 year member), The Craftsman Club, and the 13 Club.  Bored with being retired, he went into the travel agency business for the next 6 years with World Wide Associates – enabling his life-long interest for world travel and cruising, which he did into his 90s. 

 

He and his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Jean Mattingly Evans (2014) went to many exotic locations worldwide.  He was a member of Metropolitan Methodist Church for 65+ years, being a member of the Ushers for (32 years), and of Choir for (26 years).  Dick Evans was an enthusiastic golfer and regularly played tennis until he was 93, finally sidelined by a broken shoulder after going for a long shot.  His interests also included regular attendance at the Kennedy Center, the Arena Stage, Olney Theatre, and local theatricals and concerts.  He was an avid student of rocks and gems – teaching and taking classes.  He believed in giving back to the Washington community from early on.  A member of Troop 5 (St Alban’s Church), he was a Life Scout, active in community service and civic projects.  He was a member of the Jaycees.  He contributed blood to the Red Cross (45 years), read for Washington Ear (25 years), was Scout Master of Washington’s Troop 100 (6 years); maintaining active ties to Scouting for 20 more years.  He taught Driver’s Ed until he was 90. He donated his time and resources to various local groups including the BCC Rescue Squad, DC Historical Society, Mt Vernon, and a keen focus on groups supporting local environmental efforts, supporting his life-long love of the outdoors. 

 

He loved his neighbors around his home of 49 years on Westway Drive in Bethesda MD, making life-long friends who scattered across the U.S. and globe.  Frequently called “The Neighborhood Mayor”, he was the source for tools, plumbing expertise, tree and gardening help, and babysitting.  He and Phyllis organized neighborhood social events, and sponsored dinners.  He lived at Asbury Methodist Village with wife Phyllis Jean (late of 2014) from 2004.  He was an active member of the Asbury Advisory Council, the Building & Grounds Committee, the Finance Club, the Asbury ‘Follies’ theatrical group, and his beloved Garden Club.  He was a member of “The Fossils”, the Romeos, and an associate of the Chevy Chase Women’s Club.  

 

He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Phipps of Annapolis MD, and sons, James Waring Evans and wife Barbara Ann Evans of Rockville, and Dean Parker Evans of Clinton.  His sons cared for him until the end.  Memorial Services will be at his church, Metropolitan United Methodist, at 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington DC 20016, on Sunday May 20, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.  

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