Monday, January 17, 2011

Army Maj. Michael S. Evarts

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Army Maj. Michael S. Evarts, 41, of Concord, Ohio

Major Evarts was assigned to 256th Combat Support Hospital, U.S. Army Reserve, Twinsburg, Ohio; died Jan. 17, 2011 in Tikrit, Iraq, in a non-combat-related incident.

Maj. Michael S. Evarts, 41, of Concord Township, died Monday in Tikrit, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident.

Evarts, who has a wife, Monique, and two children (whose names could not be provided), had been assigned to the 256th Combat Support Hospital based out of Twinsburg since 2006 and had only been in Iraq for a couple of months, said Maj. Matthew Lawrence of the 807 for Medical Command in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Evarts was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, and had been a part of the Army for 17 years, Lawrence said, adding his unit left for training in early November.

According to Evarts’ linkedin profile, he was also a pharmaceutical sales specialist at Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals in addition to being an executive officer for the 256th Combat Support Hospital.

The circumstances surrounding his death are still being investigated, Lawrence said. “A, what we call, 15-6 investigation is being implemented, so until that comes out, we can’t really talk about the cause of death or what the reason of death was,” he said.

Longtime veterans council member Dan Evarts has learned that his brother died Monday while serving in Tikrit, Iraq, with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Maj. Michael S. Evarts, 41, was a communications officer with the 256th Combat Support Hospital and died in a non-combat-related incident, an Army spokesman in Utah said.

Keith Jermyn, Hingham’s (Massachusetts) director of veterans services, has helped Dan Evarts navigate military channels so he can be at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when his brother’s body arrives from Iraq.

Michael Evarts was killed during his second tour in Iraq. In 2006, he served as a logistics officer near Baquba. He helped train Iraqi infantry in combat operations. He also distributed school supplies and toys sent by Hingham Cub Scouts and Hingham High School students.

Also from Linkedin:
Mike Evarts’s Interests: Waterskiing, Snowskiing, Running, Motorsports
Mike Evarts’s Groups: MAJ in the Army Reserves
Mike Evarts’s Honors: Bronze Star Medal awardee for service in Iraq 2007

Reservist was active, fun-loving
The Associated Press

Mike Evarts ran marathons, skied on both snow and water, and loved music. His close friends say he always was full of energy, goodwill and humor.

“He had a big heart and infectious laugh,” longtime friend Todd Ulrich told The News-Herald in northeastern Ohio. “I’ve never laughed as much as I’ve laughed with him where I had tears streaming down my face. It was quite a special thing that he had a gift for that.”

Evarts, a 41-year-old Cleveland resident, was a salesman for a pharmaceutical company. He also spent nearly two decades in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he was an executive officer with the 256th Combat Support Hospital in Twinsburg.

During his second overseas deployment, Evarts died Jan. 17 in Tikrit, Iraq. The Defense Department says his death was not combat-related.

He was a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he majored in science and completed the ROTC program while competing on the school’s football and wrestling teams.

Evarts leaves behind his wife, Monique, and two sons, 7-year-old Zachary and 4-year-old Luke.

Army Maj. Michael S. Evarts was killed in a non-combat related incident on 1/17/11.

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