Local couple shares 75 years
Feb. 22 marked the 75th wedding anniversary of Douglas W. and Verna Harris Laws. They were married Feb. 22, 1938, in Portage. Their vows were solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple on Aug. 16, 1940.
He was born July 12, 1917, in Thatcher to Joseph and Effie May Call Laws. He moved to Malad, Idaho, where he attended school and worked on the family farm. After marrying, they lived in several places. He worked 14 years for Marquardt Corp. and was a building official for Layton for 19 years, retiring at age 70.
She was born Jan. 25, 1920, in Portage to Robert and Sylvia Green Harris. She attended school in Portage and Bear River High School. She enjoyed caring for her family and the youth in her neighborhood, church, hiking with friends or family, cooking, sewing and oil painting. She likes the color pink and pink roses were her favorite to paint.
Lifelong members of the LDS Church, both served in various ward and stake positions, and as ordinance workers at the Ogden and St. George temples.
They spent 20 winters in St. George, where they made friends and encountered friends from their younger years. They enjoyed dancing, traveling, working in the yard and spending time with family. They have lived in Layton since 1957 and now reside at Apple Village Assisted Living.
Their children and spouses are Doug and Lois Laws, twins: Denton Laws (deceased) and Bonnie Laws, Phil and Diane Bangerter, and Bob and Gloria Kay (both deceased). They have 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.