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Frederick Nicholas Evans

Published: 4/12/2021 8:07:23 AM
Modified: 4/12/2021 8:07:22 AM

SIERRA VISTA, AZ — Frederick Nicholas Evans passed away peacefully at home in Sierra Vista, Arizona, on April 6, 2021. Fred (“Nick” to many family members) found his purpose in serving others, whether it was his family, the public, fellow parishioners or his dear friends in the AA community.

Fred was born October 17, 1931, and grew up mainly in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the eldest son of eight children and twin brother of Rev. Edward Evans of Washington, DC. After graduating from Xavier University in 1954 and serving at Ramstein Air Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany, he began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. One of his first assignments was serving on the security detail for the U-2 program at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, at the same time as Francis Gary Powers. Other posts included Chicago, Miami and Okinawa, before settling in Virginia, where he served the remainder of his career in the Office of Security.

Raised as a devout Catholic, Fred was committed to truth and principle. In 1974, he testified before the Executive Session of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, disclosing that he and another colleague had saved copies of paperwork that would prove the CIA had more knowledge of the Watergate burglaries than previously disclosed. It was his commitment to the truth that compelled the Agency to admit it had withheld information about the Watergate break-ins two years prior. He appreciated that, years later, those involved in the wrongdoing acknowledged that he had done the right thing.

As a young adult, Fred discovered his passion for motorcycling. He fondly recalled the many cities he’d ridden to in Europe while stationed there in the 1950s. He continued the tradition after retiring from the CIA, riding throughout the US and parts of Canada to visit his many family members. While still living on the East Coast, he was proud to participate in Rolling Thunder on Memorial Day each year with his Harley club, the Third Tradition.

In June 2020, Fred celebrated 36 years of sobriety. He was an active member of AA chapters in Northern Virginia; Newport, New Hampshire; and Benson, Arizona. He found great joy in sharing his recovery story and helping others stay on their own paths to sobriety.

Fred is remembered with love by his wife, Marjorie Gathering; children Cathy Pollack, Amy Grucan (Mike), Gail (Tom), John (Tracy), and JP (Elizabeth); his grandchildren Jesse and Leah Maria Pollack; siblings Mary Bapst, John and Tom; and countless nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, Dr. Joseph P. and Hermene Evans, brother Rev. Edward Evans, and sisters Anne Lanctot, Caroline Villa, and Willi Wolfe.

As Fred would say, “God bless.”

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