GREENFIELD — Community leaders were stunned Thursday to learn one of their own took his own life in a wooded area after dialing 911 to tell police where they could find him.
Chuck Evans, 71, of Greenfield, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound around 1:15 p.m. in the 2300 block of West CR 200S.
He had called 911 about a half hour earlier and told dispatchers where they would be able to find his vehicle. He told them he would be about 100 feet inside the tree line. Police approached the area with caution, unsure whether someone had planned a violent act.
Evans was an active Rotarian and member of the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Linda, owned Evans Distributing, which marketed a line of synthetic motor oil products in Greenfield.
By all accounts, Evans was very active in the county’s business and civic scene. If it meant improving the community or helping business leaders connect, he was first to sign up, friends said.
He was named a “chamber champion” in recent years, an honor given to those who go above and beyond to support the chamber in the community, and he also served as a chamber ambassador, greeting visitors at events and mentoring new chamber members. Evans was named the chamber’s 2013 Businessman of the Year.
Evans had recently served as the secretary/treasurer, as well as mentor coordinator for Business Networking International, a group of business professionals that met weekly.
Evans resigned those positions unexpectedly Wednesday night.