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David P. Evancich

Norwich, Vt. — David P. Evancich, 62, died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Dave was born Jan. 5, 1952 in Tacoma, Wash., the son of Frank J. and Elizabeth (Miller) Evancich. Dave grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School, Tacoma. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a masters in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He lived and worked in Boston and Washington, D.C. until 2001 when he returned to the Upper Valley to work as Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Many colleagues will remember Dave as an inspiring mentor who encouraged creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. He was committed and loyal to his staff and to the organizations for which he worked.

Dave felt that his best work was in the field of conservation, a cause that he felt passionate about. During his time at World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC, and the Student Conservation Association in Charlestown, N.H., he served as a role model for many in those organizations who shared his passion for nature and the preservation of our environment.

Dave was generous with his time, serving on several boards related to both conservation and health care, including West Central Behavioral Health, the Jordan Institute, and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. An avid fly fisherman, Dave spent countless hours on the water at his camp on Kennebago Lake in Maine, in search of the elusive trout. He felt most at home when on the shore of any body of water, or in the mountains, alone or with his family, always with his camera in tow to capture the beauty of his surroundings.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Kirkland of Norwich; daughters, Jennifer Ogonowski, her husband, Bart, and their daughter, Maya of Watertown, Mass.; Laura Evancich of Vancouver, Wash.; and Kara Evancich of Waltham, Mass,; mother, Elizabeth Evancich; and sister, Linda Rodin, both of Spokane, Wash.; and stepchildren, Will, Kate, and Sam Gautier, all of Norwich.

He is predeceased by his father, Frank J. Evancich.

Cancer took Dave’s life so quickly that he did not have a chance to say goodbye to many of his dear friends. Friends of Dave and his family are invited to an informal gathering to celebrate Dave’s life on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at his home, 37 Meetinghouse Road in Norwich. Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction assisted with arrangements. Condolences to Dave’s family may be expressed in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, PO Box 249, Oquossoc, ME 04964.