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12/25/1930 — 03/02/2023
From Richland, WA
Celebration of Life
George Carman Evans was born in Fort Stotsenburg, Philippines to Richard Briggs Evans and Jane Lemond Evans. George was an explorer of the world from the very beginning. At 8 months he moved to Vermont by way of the Great Wall of China and Beijing, taking a troop ship through the Panama Canal and then on to Vermont. His journeys took him to live in 22 states and 3 countries.
He graduated from Northfield Mount Herman High School in Mount Herman, MA. He credited his high school for giving him the background and academic skills he needed to be accepted into Yale University. He left Yale after 2 years to enlist in the army and was company commander with the Corps of Engineers in Korea. He returned to graduate from Yale in 1956 with a degree in Geology, which led to a job with Mobil Oil in Venezuela.
After Venezuela, he returned to school for a master’s degree in Geology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He spent the rest of his career as a public servant, with a brief return to his alma mater in New Mexico as a Hydrology professor. He worked in the Navy Oceanographic Office as a physical oceanographer, with the U.S. Bureau of Mines doing environmental work, for the state of Ohio on the coal mine land reclamation, and, in 1977, he transferred to Hanford where he worked on nuclear waste disposal until his retirement in 1995.
While he was working in Columbus, Ohio, George fell in love and married Bette Musgrave in 1975. They shared a love of the outdoors, hiking, travel, and a commitment to community service. Together, they visited 90 countries and all 7 continents. He rode camels in 5 countries and elephants in 3. He was an aid backpacker, who hiked the entire Pacific Crest trail through the state of Washington, plus sections of Canada and Oregon. Many of these backpacking adventures were with Bette. They hiked once from the north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Their favorite place to hike together was in the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon.
He was an active member of Richland Kiwanians and was a past president. He was instrumental in starting the Library at the Juvenile Justice Center which has been in operation since 2002. For all their work on the library, the Kiwanians recognized George with a Hixon award. He was a talented wood worker and made furniture for his home and his church, All Saints Episcopal Church in Richland, Washington.
He died at home surrounded with love, in the company of his wife and friends. He is survived by his wife Bette Musgrave Evans and more loving friends and extended family than can be listed.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11am at All Saints Episcopal Church on May 13, 2023. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Richland Kiwanians Foundation of Chaplaincy Health Care.
Many memories with George on our hiking outings with All Saint’s Fellowship. The most memorable was at the Eagle Cap Wilderness and the snow was so deep, George and I with Moon did an extended hike to cross the bridge prior to returning to camp and meet up with the rest of the hikers. Shirley and I appreciated all the geological explanations that George provided. True gentleman and wonderful wife.
We are so sorry at the loss of a wonderful man. We will remember the hikes, the parties, the Kiwanis projects that brought about. He was easy to love.