Bayard Daniel Evans, the 80-year-old owner of the Evans Farm Inn in McLean and a long-time civic leader and sportsman, was fatally injured yesterday in a two-car collision in Great Falls, Va.
Evans was northbound on Utterback Store Road about 3:45 p.m. when his car collided with another auto and rolled over on its top, pinning Evans and his wife Ruth, 74, inside.
Mrs. Evans was in serious condition late last night at Fairfax Hospital. The driver of the other auto.Ann M. Sheridan, 67, of the 1700 block of N. Monroe St. in Arlington was in stable condition last night at Arlington Hospital.
The Evans Farm Inn, situated on 40 rolling acres along Chain Bridge Road where the Evans family lived for years, is widely known for its rustic atmosphere and picturesque charm.
The "farm" includes several out-buildings, among them a waterwheel and millhouse, and a barn and a cookhouse built of old paving blocks from Georgetown.
A large portion of the restaurant's vegetables come from a greenhouse on the premises. Farm animals roam about the grounds.
The opening of the inn, in 1958, came after Mr. Evans had established himself in Northern Virginia as the operator of Evans Coffee Shop in Arlington. He also had operated Evans Cafeteria in the District.
The coffee shop, which began as a 50-seat operation, opened in 1939 with a $2,000 investment. By the mid-1950s it had expanded to 265 seats.
Its furnishings included a much-admired array of historical memorabilia, including weapons, portraits and tools that predated the Revolution, as well as a collection of items that related to Robert E. Lee.
At the coffee shop, Mr. Evans won a reputation for hiring older workers, handicapped persons and World War II refugees.
A native of Scranton, Pa., Mr. Evans cite mines flourished there. The son of a Welsh immigrant family, he attended local public schools, then worked his way through Pennsylvania State University as a waiter, steward and cab driver.
In addition to winning election to five collegiate honor societies, he wrestled on the varsity team for four years, and served as captain of the squad in 1923.
He held the U.S. intercollegiate wrestling championship in the 145 pound class, and for 15 years after graduation continued to wrestle as an amateur with the New York Athletic Club team.
Meanwhile he was learning the cafeteria business, working and studying at a number of establishments and chains including the Automat in New York, before finally coming here.
A member of the American Restaurant Magazine's Hall of Fame, Mr. Evans was named Restaurateur of the Year in 1965 by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. He held many other honors.
During World War II, he served on the industry advisory committee of the Office of Price Administration and was also attached to the War Production Board and the Office of Price Stabilization.
An active civic leader in Northern Virginia, Evans served on the board of directors of both Arlington and Fairfax chambers of commerce. He was also chairman of the Fairfax County Landmark Preservation Committee, and a member of the Arlington and Fairfax Historical Societies, the Antique Dealer's Association, the National Trust for Historical preservation, the Fine Arts Committee of the Fairfax Authority, the Pennsylvania State Hotel and Restaurant Association and the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Association.
He also served as president of the McLean Business and Professional Men's Association and Treasurer of the McLean Citizens Association. He was president of the Arlington Kiwanis Club in 1955 and founded the McLean Kiwanis Club in 1960. He was a Mason.
A former president of the McLean Horse Show Association, he was also a charter member of the Fairfax Hunt Club.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth N. Evans, his son, Ralph Evans, 45, and his daughter, Caroline Evans Van Wagoner, both of McLean. Also surviving are a brother, Aubrey Evans, of Florida and a sister, Jeanette Evans Van Hoesen, of Arizona.