During his time with the Herald, Evans served as president of the Iowa Daily Press Association and on the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and the Clinton Airport Commission, and with the Clinton Area Development Corp., the United Way and the Advisers’ Board of Mount St. Clare College. He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the National Journalism Board and on the board of directors of Clinton National Bank. He also was one of the founders of Clinton Cable TV and had interests in other local businesses throughout the years as well as various real-estate holdings.
Throughout his retirement years, Evans still had occasional contact with the newspaper and authored a foreword in the Clinton Herald history book “Once Upon a Time, Volume 1” that was published in 2004.
“I have always loved Clinton,” he wrote. “It was a great place to raise my children and it is a nice small town on the Mississippi River that is conveniently located next to larger cities. Throughout the history of Clinton, the Clinton Herald has played a role in capturing events for posterity.”
Lynne Darr, CHTV news anchor, news director and a retired Clinton Herald business editor, describes Evans as innovative.
“Bob was ahead of his time,” she said. “He was an excellent businessman and looked to the future and, in regard to that, he saw the potential of local television. ... He took great pride in the product.”