Lee and Reta Dearden of Riverdale celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with close family and friends at a special dinner on Sept. 22.
They were married on Sept. 22, 1962. Their vows were solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ogden Temple on Sept. 22, 1979. They became engaged two weeks after a blind date and say that they have enjoyed a very fulfilling life together.
He was born in Henefer and has lived in Ogden his entire life. He graduated from Ogden High School, attended Weber College, and enlisted in the Navy Air. After serving two years, he started a home building business with his brothers. Soon after, he began a 38-year career with the Southern Pacific Railroad as a brakeman, retiring as a conductor.
She was born in Kaysville and graduated from Davis High School. She worked at Hill Air Force Base for seven years. She enjoys golfing, being a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and finding bargains. She has served in various callings in the LDS Church, including Young Women's president and Relief Society president.
They have been on several cruises and toured Europe. For 11 years, they traveled with friends, "snowbirding" in Yuma, Ariz. Currently they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, and fill their summer nights ushering at Kenley Amphitheater in Layton. They like meeting new people and never miss a lunch at the senior center in Riverdale.
Their two children are Douglas and Sandra Dearden, and Misty Dangel, all of Bountiful. They have six grandchildren.