Wayne and Judy VanBlarcom of Talent celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 21, with a gathering of family and friends at the Talent City Community Center.

Hosts of the event, with 40 guests attending, were their daughters, Tory and Shannon of Talent.

Wayne VanBlarcom married Judy Carmen on Nov. 24, 1959, in Reno, Nev.

She first caught his eye while hanging out at the Valley Locker grocery store, though he was unable to date her until he first met her parents. Their journey together started when her mom said, "have her home by 11 p.m."

Right after getting married, Wayne went into the Navy as an MCB-9, serving from 1957 to 1960. He was then a Talent Rural Fire Chief from 1963 to 1965. He retired as sergeant of the Ashland Police Department in February 1991, after 25 years of service.

Judy worked for the Ashland Daily Tidings for 24 years before retiring in March 1997.

They enjoy traveling, camping, gardening, hunting and spending time with family.

The VanBlarcoms have two daughters, Tory (Steve) Horvath and Shannon (Mike) Hertel. They also have seven grandchildren.

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