Congressman Frank Edward Evans, born September 6, 1923, to Frank Edward Evans Sr. and Mildred Hoag Evans, died June 8, 2010. He was 86 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Louise Evans Farr; and his cousins, Colonel John W. Rawlings, Jr. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Eleanor Trefz Evans; his children, Peter (Ginger) Evans, and their children, Lee, Anna and Julie; daughter, Frances Evans-Maytum (Ken Maytum), and her children, Holland, Ellie and Hannah; son, Charles (Paula) Evans, and daughter, Susan Evans and her children, Taccara, Talon and Lindsey Whitney. Also survived by his cousin, Bob Rawlings (Sandy); sister-in-law, Ernamarie (Henry) Williams, and brother-in-law, Nick Farr. Frank attended Fountain Valley School near Colorado Springs from 1938 to 1941. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California from 1941 to 1943. He spent only two years at Pomona when his education was interrupted by World War II. He joined the Navy, earned his wings in the Navy Air Force, and flew PBY Catalina seaplanes in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he matriculated at Denver University, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and then a law degree in 1950. Because he was interested in labor law, after graduating from law school he worked for Gates Rubber Company in the summer of 1950 to better understand life in a factory. He came to Pueblo later that year and became associated with the Pueblo Law Firm Petersen and Evensen. During that time he met the love of his life, Eleanor Trefz, youngest daughter of prominent Pueblo banker Richard Trefz and Erna Trefz. They were married April 5, 1952. Frank was elected to the Colorado State Legislature in 1960 and served two terms until 1964. In his first term he was named 'Outstanding Freshman Representative' by the Colorado Press Association. Frank was elected to The United States Congress in 1964 and served in the Congress for the next fourteen years, representing the Third Congressional District of Colorado. When Frank first announced in 1964 that he was going to oppose long term 3rd District Congressman J. Edgar Chenoweth, he hesitatingly told his grandfather, Frank S. Hoag Sr. of his plans. Mr. Hoag was Publisher of the Pueblo Star Journal and Chieftain, an ardent Republican who had endorsed Cong. Chenoweth in each of the Congressman's eleven successful elections. Grandfather Hoag responded to Frank: 'I respect your decision, son, but I'm not- a- gonna endorse you.' And, though he didn't endorse Frank for Congress until his 7th and final term, he always had great love and respect for him, as he explained to Frank with a noticeable smile, 'even though you're a Democrat!' Frank Evans voluntarily retired from the Congress in 1978, having never lost an election. While he took an active part on many issues in the Congress, the fact that it was not important to him to have his name attached to the bills he supported was unusual. His natural modesty made him easy to work with. He served on the Armed Forces subcommittee and the Appropriations Committee. He earned numerous accolades during the seven uninterrupted terms he served the people of his district and his country. Frank and Eleanor retired to Santa Fe in 1988 to enjoy the next 20 years of their lifelong love affair. Frank built model ships with great detail and high quality, bird houses depicting the old mission churches, and beautiful beaded belts. He was an avid historian, an expert on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. Frank taught his children to respect the dignity of all men and women, to stand up for what's right and to treat all people with respect. He was the kindest, and most gentle of men. He had a delightful sense of humor. One couldn't help but feel good around him. Frank stated early on 'What I want to do is take a healthy bite out of life.' And he did. There will be no viewing. Service, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 18th St. and Grand Ave., with the Reverend Father Andrew McMullen officiating. Private interment will be held. Please omit flowers, as they are not allowed in the church. In lieu of flowers and food, memorials may be made to CSU-Pueblo Scholarship Fund through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Peter, Francie, Chaz and all, I was so sorry to hear about your dad passing. He was quite a man, mentor and leader both professionally but also as the father of one of my best freinds. He was funny and generous and I am lucky to have known him … and all of you.
    Kind regards,
    Norm

  2. Francie and family,

    I was saddened to hear of your father’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. God Bless
    Dee Richardson

  3. It was a pleasure and the honor to work for Congressman Frank Evans. He opened his first official office in 1972 at the Post Office Bldg on 5th and Main. He hired me as his personal secretary in 1972 and I enjoyed the job until he retired in 1978, Ed Gardner was the Director of the Pueblo Office and Joyce Musso was caseworker for the Congressman. To Eleanor and the rest of the family, May God Bless, and keep you well and happy. A Man for all Seasons, Good Work Frank, and thank you for giving me the many great opportunities I had by virtue of working for you. You will be missed but, never forgotten. con mucho amor y affection– Vaya con Dios mi amigo

  4. It was a pleasure and the honor to work for Congressman Frank Evans. He opened his first official office in 1972 at the Post Office Bldg on 5th and Main. He hired me as his personal secretary in 1972 and I enjoyed the job until he retired in 1978, Ed Gardner was the Director of the Pueblo Office and Joyce Musso was caseworker for the Congressman. To Eleanor and the rest of the family, May God Bless, and keep you well and happy. A Man for all Seasons, Good Work Frank, and thank you for giving me the many great opportunities I had by virtue of working for you. You will be missed but, never forgotten. con mucho amor y affection– Vaya con Dios mi amigo

  5. Dear Evans Family,
    Congressman Evans will be missed. One of the highlights of our summertime in Beulah was to be able to interact with the Evans family especially Frank. He was a true gentleman with always a focus on what was best for all. We feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to know him over the past 25 years. With depth sympathy,

  6. Ray Kogovsek’s recollection of the kindness you and Frank showed reminds me that during the summer of 1977, you and Frank welcomed me to brunch on a patio behind your house. The experience was extraordinary, a college freshman being treated like an adult, and by truly accomplished and lovely people. I walked away on feet that didn’t quiet touch the ground. And now I am thinking that my experience explains something about why my family has always had such love and respect for you and Frank.
    There is a photo of Frank and my dad from about 1964. It says more about the pride and affection my dad felt for Frank than I can express to you here. My mother asks me to send our family’s deepest condolences, and abundant love. We know from our recent experience how difficult this is for you, and we know about the strength you will find in the extraordinary man Frank was, and his legendary accomplishments.
    With our love,
    Max on behalf of Anne Phelps, Jaime Phelps and Hillary Phelps

  7. Dear Mrs. Evans, Children, and Grandchildren,

    We have all lost a great and honorable man and are very saddened by Frank’s death.

    The citizens of Pueblo were exceptionally fortunate to have had Mr. Evans represent them during his tenure on the 3rd Congressional District seat. His dedication to his work proved effective many times over and the tangible evidence, locally, of bringing the U.S. Printing Office Distribution Center to Pueblo, put us on the map nationally and we will be forever grateful.

    Our prayers and heartfelt wishes are that you may be comforted during this very difficult time by the memories of all of the wonderful things Frank accomplished in his lifetime; but more importantly, that you can treasure the memories of an intelligent and kind gentleman who had a great sense of humor.

    Sincerely,
    The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners

    Jeff Chostner, Chair
    John B. Cordova, Sr., Pro Tem
    Anthony Nuñez

  8. I had the honor and the pleasure of working in Congressman Evans’ Pueblo Office (in the Post Office, Federal Building)from 1972 to 1978 when he retired. He was one of the most sincere, honest, compassionate and generous man you could ever hope to meet. To Eleanor and family, our deepest sympathy and love. Great man, great family and we wish you God’s blessings and peace. Sinceremente, Alberta and Jose Vega

  9. Congressman Evans helped me while I was in the Navy, He was always there to help out men in the service. I got to know him thru his mother When her son come to visit her she intrduced me to him, later that year I went in to the Navy and was sent to Vietnam we had some problems on the ship and he helped get the problems taken care of. I always thought of him as a great man and a great congressmen.

  10. Thank you for your service to our great country and state of Colorado. I remember when I was around ten I met Mr. Evans when he was visiting my uncle Bill Lovato in Trinidad during the mid sixties. He was such a gentlemen. God Bless.

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