27 Mar 2008
Born, Donald Lynn Evans on May 24, 1939, in San Angelo, Texas, the second son to
Jess Carl and Veda Jewel Evans, rancher and housewife from Mertzon, Texas, 28 miles
west of San Angelo. I attended the first six years at Mertzon High School which was the
only school in Mertzon. With a six man football team, Mertzon is in the middle of west
Texas and is primarily a sheep and cattle country with a population of about 450
depending on how many had died or been born. In the sixth grade we moved to San
Angelo, TX after my brother who was 18 years older than me had left home to attend
college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
I graduated from San Angelo High School, playing in team sports such as football and
basketball. After graduating from high school, I attended San Angelo Jr. College, during
which time I joined the Texas National Guard, 36th Infantry Rifle Division. I am from a line
of military people; my father was in World War I and my brother served in World War II.
After two years, my classmates and I volunteered for Ranger training at Fort Hood Texas.
After two weeks of training, we were denied entry into the Army as Rangers.
At this time we dropped out of college and joined the Navy with the promise of submarine
school. I went to boot camp in San Diego, CA. and then to Sub school in New London.
We graduated from the class of 160 on September 4, 1958. I was then sent to the USS
Thornback (SS418) in Key West, FL. The USS Thornback transferred to Charleston, SC.
where I spent my tour in the Navy attending Engineman School in Great Lakes, Ill. During
my time on the USS Thornback, I somehow became known as the Fuel King.
After the Navy where I spent four years and two and half years in the Army National
Guard, I returned to San Angelo, Texas.
I later moved to Houston, TX to better my employment. I had married just out of the Navy
and now had two children. After receiving a divorce I went into the Airline business and
took a job with Malaysian Singapore Airlines and was on my way to the Orient for three
months. After this trip I returned to Houston. My sales area was the southeast United
States, from Texas to Florida. After five years the airline split up to Malaysian Airlines and
I then joined Philippine Airlines and was off to the orient for another two months. Philippine
Airlines lasted six or seven years and during this time I remarried. Philippine Airlines was
very successful due to the big oil find in Singapore. President Marico of the Philippines
decided to nationalize the Airlines and cut off all financial support to the United States.
BWIA International offered me a position as District Sales Manager of the southwest USA.
representing the Caribbean. British West Indian Airways (BWIA INTERNATIONAL) was a
flag carrier of Trinidad and Tobago. I enjoyed the freedom of travel from Louisiana to
California. I was home-based in Houston, Texas.
Port of Spain, Trinidad, the capital, had the largest oil refinery in the Caribbean. At one
time Trinidad had a larger cash flow then Britain. They were producing oil and gas to the
United States during the oil embargo. I also represented the Trinidad and Tobago tourist
board. After eight years and another divorce, I was appointed Regional Manager and
moved to Miami. During this time I was over the operation in Miami, Fl. including cargo,
airport, reservations and sales staff, which including 38 states. I also became a member of
the OAS (Organization of America States). I took part in the Dominican Republic (1978)
Grenada (March 13, 1979) and Cuba (1979). Dr. Eric Williams who was the Prime
Minister of Trinidad was very interested in the energy policy problems in the Eastern
Caribbean. After two years, the view in Port of Spain had changed and I was transferred
to California for two years and then back to Houston, where they were to start flights to
Barbados in the early spring. Back at home I was informed that the Prime Minister, Dr.
Eric Williams passed away. The policies of Trinidad quickly changed and most of my
associates were let go.
I moved on to other positions, Kuwait Airways, was my next position. This part of the world
was different to say the least. During this time, I met my wife of twenty-two years as of this
writing, Bettye, and we had a daughter, Reylin. After seven year with Kuwait Airways, I
was informed that the office was closing and the next month President Bush, Sr. started
the Gulf War and the office was shut down in Houston and most of the United States.
Baltic International Airlines was the idea of two professors at the University of Houston,
Dean of Law, Robert Kunass, Paul Gregory, Economics professor at U of H and Homi
Davier, a Travel Agent. During this time several events happened. The Soviet Union
broke up which changed the entire joint venture project. Baltic International, after a period
of negotiations, was formed with flights only from Riga, Latvia to London, England, which
was very small compared to what we expected. After six years, we increased the flights to
Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Berlin, and London. Latvia decided to sell this airline to SAS. They
owned 51% since they were the flag on the carrier.
I spent several years in the travel business and then in the trucking business, but
September 11, put me out of this business. People had quit traveling and the trucking
industry was on hold. I ended up going to work for the City of Houston Airport Systems in
Ground Transportation. After three years and a grandson, Zane Alexander, I am still there
and still rolling with the flow.