Professional Bowlers Assn. and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Dick Evans, a bowling writer for both The Miami Herald and Daytona Beach News-Journal, died Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 78.
Born on Sept. 20, 1931, Evans joined the Herald in 1949 and started writing about bowling in 1957. He retired from the paper in 1989 and moved to Daytona Beach, but continued to cover bowling for the Herald for another 20 years while also writing for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
One of the most decorated bowling writers in history, Evans was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1986, the ABC/USBC Hall of Fame in 1992, and received both the World Bowling Writers’ Gosta Zellen Golden Quill Award and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America V.A. Wapensky Award in 2007.
Evans is survived by his wife, Joan Gano Evans; son Richard V. Evans, an attorney in Louisville, Ky., and three grandchildren — Peyton, Carter and Walker.