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JoAn & Alvin Paden 60th Wedding Anniversary

September 29, 2013 12:29 AM

JoAn (Haik) and Alvin Paden celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a dinner party hosted by their children, Cindy, Brad, Janet, and Dave, on Friday, August 9, 2013, at Glenn Annie Golf Club's Frog Bar and Grill in Goleta, California. The two met at Spring Creek Lodge restaurant in Chugiak, Alaska, where JoAn worked with her family serving her mother's famous home-baked bread and banana cream pie. The log-cabin restaurant, built by JoAn's father during the homestead years (and now a registered historic building), was a favorite destination for members of the Air Force who were serving at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage during the Korean War. Alvin, a Staff Sergeant, would often venture out with his buddies for a hearty dinner and a piece of pie. After several years of courtship, JoAn and Al wed on August 13, 1953 in Anchorage, Alaska. Immediately after the wedding, they moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where Alvin attended Oregon State University (known then as Oregon State College) and JoAn had the first two of their four children. After Al's graduation in 1957 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, the couple moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where they quickly decided that temperatures on the California coast would be much more tolerable. They have spent the past 54 of their 60 years together in Goleta, where Alvin worked as an engineer for the Raytheon Company and JoAn raised their children and worked as a health aid for Goleta Valley Junior High School. After Al's retirement in 1992, he started a small engineering business (LaunchPoint Technologies, www.launchpnt.com) with his two sons, and JoAn joined them soon thereafter. They have twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild all of whom love them dearly. "Congratulations! We all love you!"


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