Gordon Blair Evans
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Gordon Blair Evans
  • March 13, 1935 - October 27, 2017
  • Portland, Oregon

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Gordon Blair "Pick" Evans, age 82, passed away in his sleep at his Portland home Oct. 27, 2017.

He was born March 13, 1935 to Larry and Eloise Evans in Milwaukee, Wis., and though he moved to Portland when he was 13 years old, he remained a loyal Green Bay Packers fan throughout. He attended Beaverton and Lincoln High Schools, was a Shrine All-Star football player, and graduated from Lincoln in 1953.

An outstanding scholar, he was accepted to Dartmouth College and majored in History. While at Dartmouth, he enrolled in the ROTC program and was commissioned as a Lieutenant upon graduation in 1957. He served in Army Intelligence and was stationed in Minneapolis. That proved fortuitous as he met Patricia "Peeta" Vanstrum at a church social while in Minneapolis, and they were married in 1959, and remained so for 47 wonderful years until her passing in 2007.

Pick and Peeta moved to Portland and he pursued a career as a social studies teacher, which he loved, at Beaverton High from 1960-1968 and Sunset High from 1968-1994. While teaching, he earned a Master's degree in Education from the University of Oregon that led to a passionate devotion to Duck athletics throughout his life.

He was devout in his faith and was a member of First Presbyterian Church for nearly 70 years, where he was an elder, and was deeply involved with the Married Couples fellowship within the church.

Pick was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, George. He is survived by his sister, Trish (Evans) Hall; and his and Peeta's four children (and spouses), David (Laura), Jonathan (Yolanda), Elisabeth (Chris), and Andrew (Christina); as well as 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He always provided tremendous support for his children throughout their lives and was actively involved in all of his family's academic and athletic endeavors.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 9, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder St., a reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 S.W. Salmon St. Bequests in his honor may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Lincoln High School Alumni Association.