Richland, Washington – 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 the 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 O?ce as a physical oceanographer, with the U.S. Bureau of Mines doing environmental work, for the state of Ohio on 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 avid backpacker, who hiked the entire Pacific Crest trail through the state of Washington, plus sections in 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 Kiwanis 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 Kiwanis 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 Kiwanis Foundation or Chaplaincy Health Care.
Published by Tri-City Herald on Mar. 22, 2023.