Published in The Washington Post on May 11, 2018
Richard Judd Evans
EVANS RICHARD JUDD EVANS "A good man has
passed" Richard Judd "Dick" Evans, age 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
A life-long Washingtonian, he grew up near the Cathedral. He graduated from Western
High School (1939) (now Duke Ellington), earning distinction as both a scholar and as
the Colonel of Cadets; capturing the city Drill title and trophy for Western High School in
1939 and 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
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
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 (six years);
maintaining active ties to Scouting for 20 more years. He taught Driver's Ed until he was
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 and 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
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.
Please sign the family guestbook at: www.DeVolFuneralHome.com