Lawrence Thad Horne and Barbara Joyce Hatch of Syracuse celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Lion House restaurant in Salt Lake City.
They were married on June 19, 1952, in The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple.
He was born to Owen and Mildred Horne in West Jordan and was raised on a dairy farm in west Kaysville. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a military policeman. He attended Utah State University for undergraduate work and received a doctorate degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. He then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Arkansas and the U.S. Forest Service in Utah, retiring after 27 years of service. At age 80, he continues to drive a combine for custom harvesting of grain.
She was born to Afton and Reed Hatch in Layton. She is called "Bobbie" by her family. She has worked as an administrative assistant, a biology lab technician and a bank teller with Clearfield State Bank, Community First Bank and First Security Bank. She retired from First Security in 2001.
High school sweethearts at Davis High School, they played in the orchestra -- he on the cello and she on the bass viola and piano.
They have served in many ward and stake positions in the LDS Church in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Utah. He was a worker in the Ogden LDS Temple.
Their children are Mary Ellen and Don Nance, Brad and Lisa Horne, Lorraine and Steven Linford, and Ruby Rae Horne. They have 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.