Calvin P. Evans, machinist for the Coast Guard

January 06, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Calvin P. Evans, a retired Coast Guard machinist and former bar owner, died of asbestosis and heart failure at Tate Hospice House in Linthicum. The longtime Severna Park resident was 88.

Mr. Evans, the son of a waterman, was born and raised on Smith Island. He attended Somerset County public schools and worked as a waterman before enlisting in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Evans was a machinist aboard repair vessels in the Pacific, family members said.

An engine machinist, Mr. Evans went to work in 1949 at the Coast Guard's Curtis Bay shipyard. He left in the mid-1960s and operated O'Connor's Tavern for a decade before returning to the Coast Guard yard in the 1970s.

He retired in 1989.

Mr. Evans was an active member of American Legion Post 175.

He enjoyed duck carving and working on boats.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, the former Dorothy Walker; two sons, Calvin Wayne Evans of Severn and Neil Bruce Evans of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two daughters, Sharon Louise Humphries of Chester and Edith Carol Lester of Lansdowne; a stepson, Richard W. Preston of Mindoro, Wis.; a stepdaughter, Patricia Preston of Severna Park; two brothers, Norman Evans of Mississippi and Gordon Evans of Cape Coral, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

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