David N. Evans, 69 of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away peacefully at Delaware Hospice in Milford, Del., on Monday, April 30, 2018. He was born to H. Newlin Evans and Elizabeth Evans of Doylestown, Pa., on Sept. 18, 1948.
Evans graduated from Central Bucks High School in 1966 and Delaware Valley University in 1970, with a bachelor’s degree in food science. He later earned his master’s degree in business management degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in food science from Rutgers.
Evans was employed by Kraft General Foods from 1970 to 1998, in Dover, Del., Cranbury, N.J., White Plains and Tarrytown, N.Y., doing product, equipment and packaging work. He worked on many products and received patents for Good Seasons, Open Pit and Shake ’N Bake. Later, Evans worked at Pepsi Cola in Valhalla and Purchase, N.Y., from 1998 to 2004. He worked in the packaging group that dealt with bottle design.
Evans retired to Bethany Beach in 2004. He was an avid runner, cyclist and swimmer. He ran the Boston Marathon twice, and the Marine Corps Marathon and multiple triathlons. He loved running the Seashore Striders races at the Delaware beaches with his sons, Mark and Jeff.
In retirement, he and his wife Suzanne enjoyed bridge, Meals on Wheels, Angels on the Go and volunteer work with the Mariner’s Bethel Mission team. Another passion in his life was being with his family, whether it was bodyboarding at the beach, skiing in New England or seeing his sons play soccer.
Evans was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of almost 46 years, Suzanne; his sons, Mark and his wife, Sarah, of Fairfield, Conn., and Jeff and his wife, Cate, of Lewes, Del.; his sisters, Deborah Downey of Scituate, Mass., and Linda Green and her husband, Joe, of Hatboro, Pa.; his grandchildren, Madeline, Ella, Grace, Caroline, Cameron and Nolan Evans; four nephews; and a niece.
A memorial service will be held at Mariner’s Bethel U.M. Church in Ocean View, Del., on Friday, May 4, 2018, with visitation at 11 a.m. followed by the service at noon and a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley; P.O. Box 625; Georgetown DE 1994,7 or to Special Olympics Delaware; 619 S. College Ave.; Newark, DE 19716.