“An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.” On July 24th, we celebrate the memories of yesterday’s pioneers entering the Wasatch Valley, initiated by Brigham Young exclaiming “This is the right place!” Our July/August issue’s cover image reflects the journey to “the right place, re-enacted by a few hearty Phoenix-area members of the Church. In keeping with such as celebratory spirit, we honor two LDS couples who commemorate 70 years of marriage here in our pioneer-established community.
Don and Lillian Dawes celebrated 70 years of marriage on April 22, 2019. They were married in Tillamook, OR in 1949, and are currently enjoying life and good health in their Mesa, AZ home.
The Dawes are the parents of 4 children: daughter Sonja, married to Randy Lee; twin daughters, Sherry Welker, and Shelley married to LaVerl Crosby; son, Curt Dawes, married to Carol Elphick. They have 14 grandchildren and 37 greatgrandchildren.
The missionaries converted their family back in 1962 and all were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shelley shares that “It’s been the best decision our parents ever made and changed our lives forever!” Congratulations Brother and Sister Dawes. You are an inspiration to all.
Harold and Arvonna Reynolds celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on June 15th at a party with family and friends. They were married on May 28, 1949 in Sunnyside Utah. They were later sealed in the Manti Temple.
They have three children H. Clifford Jr, David and Cheryl. They also have ten Grandchildren, twenty-four Great Grandchildren, and seven Great-Great Grandchildren. They have held many church callings during their lifetime including a mission together in the Washington, Spokane Mission.
They now reside in Mesa, Arizona where they have lived for twenty-seven years.