John and Dixie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 23, 2017, with family and friends at a lovely dinner in Salt Lake City, the same city in which they were married 50 years ago.
John served four years in the U.S. Navy with 13 additional years as an officer in the Naval Reserves. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Forest Management. He completed a 33-year career with the U.S. Forest Service throughout the Intermountain Region.
Dixie has been a life-long educator since her graduations from Brigham Young and Weber State Universities. Her teaching career has spanned junior high, high school, and college.
Their activities, through the years, have been varied, ranging from dog breeding and showing to running road races to pickleball and table tennis playing (John), to building a log home in the Herriman area.
However, their greatest pleasure has come from family: Chris (Jennette), Nick, Alex (David), Andy (Shawnery), and Melody (Dennis). Two grandsons, Dylan and Kohen, have added a dimension of indescribable joy.