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Ernest Melvin Evans

Posted 2018-04-13 by Judy Wight Branson
The Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona
Sunday, February 21, 1999, page 5a

Ernest Melvin Evans

Ernest Melvin Evans, a long-time resident of San Diego and Coronado,
Calif., died Feb. 19, 1999. He was 79.

Mr. Evans, known to his friends as Mel, was born to Albert and Grace
Evans in Los Angeles on Dec. 19, 1919.

The family moved to Prescott during the Great Depression to take up
farming. Mr. Evans left high school to join the U.S. Navy in 1936
and served a 20-year career in destroyers and submarines. He
achieved the rank of Chief Motor Machinist's Mate in only six years.
He was a veteran of nine submarine war patrols during World War II
aboard the USS Darter, and survived the loss of the Darter at the
battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944.

Mr. Evans married his high school sweetheart, Anne Kmetich, in 1945.
The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1995.

Mr. Evans completed his high school education and retired from the
Navy in 1956, then received a baccalaureate in chemistry and a
master's degree in education at the University of Arizona. He then
taught chemistry, physics and mathematics at Coronado High School.
In 1963, he began working for the Naval Training Center in San Diego
as an education specialists, preparing training materials and
training instructions.

In his retirement, Mr. Evans was an avid sailor, golfer and tennis
player. He also served two terms as president of the Submarine
Veterans of WWII.

Mr. Evans is survived by his son, Mark of Michigan, sister Joan
Patterson of Texas, and a number of other relatives throughout the

Visitation will be at Memory Grove Chapel in Prescott, the evening
of Feb. 21. Memorial services will be at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Prescott the following afternoon.
Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donation to the Alzheimer's Foundation are

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