Born July 5, 1922, in Ogden, UT, Hugh Evans attended Hartnell College, Salinas, and Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco (JD, 1952). During the war years, 1942-1945, he served as a combat pilot in the US Army Air Corps. He flew 35 combat missions over France and Germany and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Prior to studying law, Evans worked an engineer and surveyor. He was admitted to the California Bar February 11, 1953, and began his legal career at the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, as a Research Attorney for Justice Paul Peek, 1953-54; he then worked as Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento County, 1954-55. From 1956 -1974, he worked in private law practice in Sacramento County, and in July 1974 was appointed Judge, Superior Court, Sacramento County. Evans returned to the Court of Appeal in December 1974, as an Associate Justice. During his tenure at the Court, Evans was instrumental in developing settlement conferences for civil cases.
After his retirement in 1990, Evans devoted his time to settling disputes as a private judge, golfing, and photography. He died of congestive heart failure in 2010.