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Issue: "Obama," Nov. 15, 2008

Evans' father was longtime pastor of influential Hollywood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. The younger Evans married Hollywood actress Colleen Townsend Evans, who gave up her film career to devote herself to him and his ministry. Evans organized a new congregation in his home in 1956, Bel Air Presbyterian Church. By the time he left the church in 1963 it had 700 members. Before and after the Reagans' eight years in Washington, they worshipped at Bel Air under the ministry of Donn Moomaw, who succeeded Evans. Today Bel Air is the city's largest Presbyterian congregation. Following his retirement from National Presbyterian, Evans assisted at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in suburban San Francisco.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years and four children. His son Jamie is pastor of First Presbyterian, Fresno.


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