Donald Clair Evason died quietly at Meritus Medical Center on July 7th, 2022.
Don was born April 23, 1929 in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, Canada, to Ernest Joel Evason and Bertha Irene Evason (nee’ Hineline). He grew up in the railroad town of Transcona, Manitoba. Don attended college and university in Manitoba and taught school for several years. He met and married Fairlie Stirling Jamieson in 1961, and attended and graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1964. After two years working as a parish minister for the United Church of Canada in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Don and his family immigrated to the United States where he began training for the chaplaincy through Clinical Pastoral Education. He was the first full-time Chaplain at the Frederick Memorial Hospital from 1970 to 1974 and was Director of Pastoral Care at Washington County Hospital from 1982 to 2000. From 2000 to 2002, Don served as Chaplain at Western Maryland Hospital Center. His interest and avocation was in spiritual direction. Don was a United Church of Christ minister with membership at Christ’s Reformed Church, and later was a member of Haven
Don was pre-deceased by his wife of 48 years, Fairlie Stirling Evason (nee’ Jamieson), and his son Mark Alexander Evason. He is survived by his current wife, Elizabeth Bennett Johns; his son David Wayne Evason, Hagerstown; a daughter, Catherine Elaine Evason, of Hunt Valley, MD; grandsons Adam and Ethan Caulk, Jordan Spokane and granddaughter Madalyn Evason; and several nieces and nephews. Don is also survived by Alan Butsch and his wife Melissa, their two daughters, Emily and Morgan; Nancy and Bill Wersick and her daughter, Tatiana Defriece and
her husband Branden and their son Dallas.
Don was well loved by his family, many colleagues and friends. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be Saturday, August 6th, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742, with Pastor Linda Alessandri presiding.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, The Humane Society of Washington County, or to the State Anatomy Board/University of Maryland @http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/SABgiving