GLENDALE, Arizona –
Everett Freemont Rollins Jr. passed away on August 22, 2021 with his family by his side.
He was born in Bingham on April 3, 1934 to the late Everett and Barbara Rollins. Everett graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, received his merchant marine license as a third steam and diesel engineer, and was appointed enlisted in the United States Navy in 1955. While at Pensacola, in Florida, to take flight training with the US Naval, he met the beautiful Regina Walke, they were married on October 20, 1956.
Everett received his golden wings as a naval aviator in 1957. As a naval aviator, Everett flew many different airplanes during his career, including the SNJs, T-28s, F-9s, T -33, A-1, A-3, A-4, A-6, EA-6B, S-2 and C-12. He served in the Mediterranean during the Lebanese Crisis of 1958. Later, after completing graduate studies at George Washington University, he was an instructor in the engineering department of the United States Naval Academy.
During the Vietnam War, Everett flew over 500 combat missions in the A-3, A-6 and EA-6B and was the commanding officer of VAQ-132 where he flew the first combat mission for the EA -6B. He graduated from the US Naval War College. Everett was the commander of the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42). He was the commanding officer of the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Phoenix. After spending a year in an Arabic language school, Everett’s last active duty posting was as a US Naval Attaché at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
He retired from the Navy as a Captain (O-6) with 33 years of military service. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, 20 Air Medals, two Commendation Medals with “V” combat, many other awards including the Vietnam with seven service stars.
Everett’s second career was with TCOM, LP as a project manager, site manager, flight director and trainer for the Aerostat surveillance system for almost 20 years. During this time, he spent two years as a flight director aboard an Aerostat ship in the Caribbean. Other locations in various capacities include Bahamas, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Italy, Yuma, Arizona, Sierra Vista, Arizona, Deming, NM, Cross City, Florida, Lafayette, La., El Paso, Texas, and other balloon sites along the southern border of the United States.
Everett was a volunteer and member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Glendale, Ariz., And a member of the First United Methodist Church in Glendale, Ariz., For 40 years. A strong believer, he has supported various Christian ministries around the world, including Open Doors, which works to support those who are persecuted for their Christian faith and distributes Bibles to those who would not otherwise have access.
Everett received the BSA Order of the Arrow Founders award for embodying the spirit of selfless service.
He is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Regina; six retired children of Captain Everett Rollins III USCG, Jon (Karla) Rollins, Lisa (Joseph) Fraley, Kathi (William) Walp, Geneva Johnsen and Thomas (Sarah) Rollins; brother, Christopher Rollins, sister, Jeanette (Robert) Jacques; 22 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Reginald.
Family and friends are invited for a visit on Friday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glendale, 7102 N. 58th Dr., Glendale, Arizona. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Honors will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta on September 17 at 10 a.m.