David Ray Evans, of Mashpee, died on Sunday, September 29, 2019, in Boston after a short illness. He was born May 9, 1942, in Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Olin W. & Gertrude A. (Gerwert) Evans. A self-avowed “rock hound” as a child, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at the University of Kansas. After meeting his mentor and friend, William M. Bass, founder of “The Body Farm,” David earned a Masters degree in Anthropology at KU and was an authority on the Italian glass beads used as money by the pre-historic Indians of the Upper Midwest. He went on the direct the Missouri Archaeological Society where he helped lobby many current historic preservation laws through the U.S. Congress. His company, High Plains Consulting, in Laramie, Wyoming, specialized in historic preservation of significant archaeological sites in Wyoming and Colorado. He was married to Joyce (Blessant) Evans from 1965 to 1991. He married Martha (David) Evans in 1993.
A 50-year Boy Scouter, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, was an Order of the Arrow, and served in every volunteer capacity in Scouting. His proudest achievement in Scouting, however, was that he was mentor and guide to more than 40 Eagle Scouts in Missouri, Wyoming, and on Cape Cod.
He is survived by his wife, Martha, six children: Geoff of Deland, Florida; Greg, and wife, Gretchen, of West Palm Beach, Florida; Jason of Wellington, Colorado; Susan Peters of Findlay, Ohio; Celeste of Falmouth; and David of Mashpee; and three grandsons.
Services will be private. Memorial donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014