I regret to advise that Alun Evans passed away on Wednesday 19 July 2017 at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney after several months of failing health.  His funeral took place at Northern Suburbs Crematorium on Friday 28th July 2017.

I have taken the liberty of precising an obituary prepared by CMDR Ron Osborn who was an RANC term-mate.

“Alun Evans  was born at Tongala in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria on 7 November 1933. He entered the RANC in January 1947 and graduated in January 1951.  After sea training and Subs courses with the RN, he returned to Australia and qualified on No. 3 Observers Course in 1956.  He served in FAA Squadrons until 1960 when the Navy decreed that he should undertake the Long TAS Course and exchange service with the RN, including on Icelandic Fisheries Patrols.

Following his return to Australia he returned to the FAA and his postings included Command of 817 Squadron.  A posting to the Staff of the Naval Attache in Washington followed and while there he was promoted to Commander.   He later enjoyed his posting as NOIC Queensland especially the period when he was part of the Royal Tour Directorate for the State.

Alun considered that the peak of his career was his command of HMAS Yarra.  His final years in the RAN were spent in Navy Office Canberra, but despite being selected for promotion to Captain (which he declined) in December 1977, he decided to resign  and left the service on 8 November 1978.

After leaving the service Alun was offered the position of Technical Adviser by the ABC for the new series Patrol Boat and this kept him busy for much of 1978/79 and again in 1981/83.  He was also involved in the Antarctic Ship Programme which, unfortunately, was cancelled by an incoming Government.

After retiring from the Navy, Alun enjoyed living on his property at Bilpin in the Blue Mountains before he and his wife Jenny finally retired to Wollstonecraft in Sydney.”
Alan leaves behind wife Jenny and his beloved children Elizabeth, Martyn and Andrew; and his grandchildren Rhianwen, Simon, Dylan, Jake, Hunter and Fynn. 
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