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Donald Clair Evason



Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 AM

Haven Lutheran Church


Donald Clair Evason died quietly at Meritus Medical Center on July 7th, 2022.
Don was born in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, Canada, to Ernest Joel Evason and Bertha Irene Evason (nee’ Hineline). He grew up in the railroad town of Transcona, Manitoba. Don attended college and university in Manitoba and taught school for several years. He met and married Fairlie Stirling Jamieson in 1961, and attended and graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1964. After two years working as a parish minister for the United Church of Canada in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Don and his family immigrated to the United States where he began training for the chaplaincy through Clinical Pastoral Education. He was the first full-time Chaplain at the Frederick Memorial Hospital from 1970 to 1974 and was Director of Pastoral Care at Washington County Hospital from 1982 to 2000. From 2000 to 2002, Don served as Chaplain at Western Maryland Hospital Center. His interest and avocation was in spiritual direction. Don was a United Church of Christ minister with membership at Christ Reformed Church, and later was a member of Haven Lutheran Church.
Don was pre-deceased by his wife of 48 years, Fairlie Stirling Evason (nee’ Jamieson), and his son Mark Alexander Evason.  He is survived by his current wife, Elizabeth Bennett Johns; his son David Wayne Evason, Hagerstown; a daughter, Catherine Elaine Evason, of Hunt Valley, MD; grandsons Adam and Ethan Caulk, Jordan Spokane and granddaughter Madalyn Evason; and several nieces and nephews. Don is also survived by Alan Butsch and his wife Melissa, their two daughters, Emily and Morgan; Nancy and Bill Wersick and her daughter, Tatiana Defriece and her husband Branden and their son Dallas.
Don was well loved by his family, many colleagues and friends. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be Saturday, August 6th, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742, with Pastor Linda Alessandri presiding.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, The Humane Society of Washington County, or to the State Anatomy Board/University of Maryland @
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

Don was always such a sincere and caring person. I felt calm and connected when he gave sermons at Zion. Thank you for sharing yourself so generously. Peace to you, my friend. Carroll

Carroll Sager
Hagerstown, MD

Don was a beloved friend and a teacher who shared his wisdom freely. Our former monthly breakfasts were always a high point for me. Don, I will always give thanks for having known you. Depart O Christian soul in the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Bill

William Hull
Sharpsburg, MD

What an impact this wonderful man has made! His loving concern for others and his strong faith in God came across in all he did. Heaven gained a true angel! Thank you, Don, for all the smiles and conversations. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Sue Graff
Hagerstown, MD

I was saddened to read of Don's death on July 7th. Don was my uncle by marriage to Fairlie, one of my favourite Jamieson aunts, the youngest of my father's seven sisters. My sincere sympathy to my North American cousins, his second wife, Elizabeth and the extended family. My condolences to cousin David, who with another Jamieson cousin David, stayed with my wife, Anne and me in Albany, Western Australia. We had a most pleasant meeting with Don, my Aunt Lilian (Failie's sister) and a number of Evason cousins in Washington in 2011. Rest in peace, Don with my dear Aunt Fairlie.

Jardine Jamieson
Woodlands 6018, Western Australia

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