William John Evans CIA Officer
William John Evans, 75, a Central Intelligence Agency officer for nearly 40 years, died March 22 of congestive heart failure at Georgetown University Hospital. He was a Silver Spring resident.
Mr. Evans was born in Sharon, Pa. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army and served in the mid-Pacific Command from 1947 to 1949. After his military service, he attended Kent State University for two years and worked at a steel mill on weekends.
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In 1952, he joined the CIA and served in Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. He worked at CIA headquarters for several years and also in Athens, from 1973 to 1977. He retired in 1989 but continued working for the agency as a contractor. He served on temporary assignments in Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines and South America.
He received several honors, including three Vietnam Service Medals and several Meritorious Unit citations. Upon retirement, he received the Intelligence Medal of Merit and the CIA Retirement Medal.
Always interested in cooking -- his specialty was brining and smoking the entree, especially the Christmas turkey -- he made a habit in Vietnam of inviting his team over on Sunday for a special American meal. He also took pride in growing his own vegetables. Over the years, he collected cookbooks; his collection had grown to more than 500 from throughout the world. At his death, he was writing his own.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge 250 in Sharon and was presented with a 50-year service pin in 2002.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Sybil Evans of Silver Spring; two children, Sharon Terese Evans of Tucson and Dr. Chet Evans of Miramar, Fla.; and a sister.