Hero Down: MT DOC Probation & Patrol Deputy Chief Chris Evans Dies Unexpectedly
Billings, MT – Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) Probation and Parole Region IV Deputy Chief Christopher “Chris” Evans died unexpectedly on Feb. 22.
A fundraising page has been established to help the fallen deputy chief’s family in the wake of his death.
“The Montana Department of Corrections lost a valued member of its staff this weekend,” the page read. “Chris’ death comes as a tremendous blow to all who knew him. He was a compassionate leader, devoted father, husband and friend.”
Deputy Chief Evans, 43, began working as a Gallatin County Treatment Court probation officer in Bozeman after he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management and justice studies in 1999, according to his obituary.
The following year, he was hired by the DOC as a probation and parole officer in Bozeman, launching a career that spanned the next two decades.
Deputy Chief Evans was named as the Montana Correctional Association’s Probation and Parole Officer of the Year in 2007.
He later transferred to Billings, where he served nearly five years as a member of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Montana Violent Offender Task Force.
In addition to his various duties as a probation and parole officer and task force member, Deputy Chief Evans was also a firearms instructor, lead Taser instructor and taught tactical medical training for the DOC, according to his obituary.
He was promoted to the rank of deputy chief in Region IV in 2016.
Deputy Chief Evans leaves behind his wife, Sarah, and his children, Redel and Baylee.
He is also survived by his parents, siblings, and many friends.
The fundraising page established to help Deputy Chief Evans’ family has raised over $24,400 so far.
Deputy Chief Evans will be laid to rest on Saturday, according to his obituary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Montana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Region IV Deputy Chief Christopher “Chris” Evans, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.