Ronald Merritt Kirkbride of North Ogden celebrated his 80th birthday with family at Maddox Ranch House Restaurant.
The youngest of 11 children, he was born on Dec. 27, 1932, in Dayton, Idaho, to Charles Franklin and Martha Merritt Kirkbride.
He attended Preston High School and Weber College.
He married his high school sweetheart Eleanor Jepsen on Dec. 27, 1951. He was employed by Utah Power and Light.
He has held many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including serving a mission with his wife in Seattle.
He has two children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.