Ohio conrunner Mark Evans died April 2 of heart problems. He was 62.
I remember meeting Mark in Columbus at the 1977 Marcon — which I reached from LA on a Greyhound bus. (You don’t forget things like that.) He was completing his Smof apprenticeship before starting a streak of six consecutive years as Marcon’s co-chair. (Ross Pavlac was his co-chair in 1978-79, and Liz Gross from 1980-1983.)
Evans also was a former chair of Context, another Ohio sf convention. And he had continued working the con in various capacities, last year helping organize the con suite.
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Mark was one of the good ones.
We often encountered one another at Midwestern cons. I recall him working on Worldcons and Worldcon bids, though I can’t give you a complete list. Mark was valued in the SMOF community partly for his expertise on the use of two-way radios by conventions.
Hadn’t seen him in quite some time, but at some point in the last year– Confusion, maybe?– we had a satisfying con-suite conversation. He was a good storyteller, always with a twinkle in his eye. And gone much too soon.