Happy 70th Anniversary: Doug and Erma Wilson

Saturday , August 16, 2014 - 6:00 PM

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Doug and Erma Wilson celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Maddox restaurant hosted by their family, followed by a get-together for wedding cake and ice cream at the home of their daughter and son-in-law.

They were married on August 10, 1944 at the home of Doug's parents, Wilford E. and Margaret Wilson in Ogden. Their vows were later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They both turned 90 in the spring of this year.

Both lived in Ogden and met while attending Ogden High School, graduating with the class of 1942. While attending high school, Doug worked for the OUR&D, the Paramount Theater and then was hired as a heavy duty equipment operator at the Defense Depot Ogden. Erma worked as a secretary for the government in Ogden, Utah; Norman, Oklahoma; San Louis Obisbo, Texas. She also worked for the radio station KLO and the intermountain Network in Ogden; Ogden City Bus lines; Clerk and switchboard operator for Mountain Fuel and postal clerk in Huntsville.

Doug enlisted in the Naval Aviation Flight Training Program on December 10, 1942. He was called to active duty and served until January 18, 1946.

In August, 1955 Doug was employed by Mountain Fuel in the construction department and retired as Business and Credit Department Supervisor after 30 years service.

In February, 1953 while Doug was working as manager of Garden Floral in Ogden, they purchased an old home in Huntsville where they live today and raised their children: Michael [deceased] (Nancy); LeAnn (Steve); Ben (JaNeil) and Kurt. They have 11 grandchildren (seven spouses) and 12 great-grandchildren with two on the way.

Both were volunteers for several years for the Weber County Lunch Program in Huntsville. Erma was a member of the Camp Olive DUP serving as Historian and a short time as Captain. They have both served in several church callings. Doug also served 20 years on the Weber County Career Service Council.

During their 61 years in Huntsville, Doug worked for the town for 30 years, where the last four were as Mayor, leaving office in December 1994. During this time, Doug and his board transferred the property involved to the Weber County Library for the purpose of building a branch in Huntsville; Huntsville's culinary water records system was computerized; Huntsville also won the Salt Lake Tribune's Tidy Town award in 1992 for the State of Utah (thanks mainly to caring, hard-working couple who also sponsored a Yard of the Week project); the restoration of the donated Robert Fredrick Aldous Log home (a town project) was undertaken and completed.

Doug works on wood picture frames in his shop, loves camping and fishing in the Uintahs; Erma still enjoys collecting history information.

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