Former congressman Frank Evans dies at 86
June 9, 2010
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Former Colorado congressman Frank Evans, a Democrat credited with bringing a well-known government printing office to Pueblo, died Thursday in a hospice. He was 86.
The funeral home gave no cause of death.
Evans won seven terms in Congress using the slogan “Good Work, Frank.” He was elected to Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District in 1964 and credited with helping bring the Federal Citizen Information Center to Pueblo in 1970. The office prints free consumer publications and receives so much mail that is has its own ZIP code, 81009.
Evans retired in 1979. His successor, former Democratic Rep. Ray Kogovsek, recalled Evans as a gracious host who would invite visiting Coloradans to his home in Washington for meals cooked by his wife, Eleanor.
Kogovsek said that when he first arrived in Washington, Evans “met us at the airport and put us up in his home for a week while I got my feet on the ground.
“He didn’t have to do that,” Kogovsek told The Pueblo Chieftain.
Evans retired rather than face Kogovsek in a Democratic primary contest.
Pueblo-based political consultant Wally Stealey says Evans took a gentleman’s approach to politics, basing decisions on facts, not partisanship.
But some Democrats criticized Evans for being slow to call for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
Evans is survived by Eleanor, his wife of 58 years, four children and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were planned for Saturday morning in Pueblo.
Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com