Spending fifty years married to one person is an achievement deserving of recognition. Larry Wayne and Deborah Ann (Morgan) Shaw celebrate 50 years of marriage on April 12, 2021.
Larry and Debbi met while attending Rock Springs High School. After high school, Larry enlisted in the Navy. While on a visit home, December 25, 1968, they went on their first official date to the Rock Theatre to watch The Shaggy Dog and The Absent-Minded Professor.
When Larry was home on leave in 1971, the pair married. The wedding with colors of pink and blue was held at the First Church of the Nazarene in Rock Springs. Bub Shaw acted as the Best Man and Rhonda Shaw served as the Matron of Honor. The groomsmen were Dennis Shaw and Mike Shaw, while Nancy Koerner and Donna Chabre served as bridesmaids. Larry’s nephew Mike “Mikey” Shaw Jr. acted as the ringbearer, and Angela Petty was the flower girl. Following the wedding, the lovebirds honeymooned in Pinedale and Kemmerer.
After the wedding, Larry and Debbi were stationed with the Navy in Charleston, South Carolina where their first son, Larry Jr. was born, and three years later their son Ron would be born. From South Carolina, the family moved to Scotland on assignment. Upon returning to South Carolina, their daughter Dawnessa was born.
When Larry finished his commitment to the Navy, the family moved to Oregon and eventually settled back in their hometown of Rock Springs. After a few years, the pull of the military life led Larry to reenlist with the Navy. The family found itself once again in South Carolina.
While the kids were young, Debbi took care of the home and family, while Larry was a mineman with the Navy. From South Carolina, the Navy sent Larry to Hawaii where the family spent the remainder of its military years. When Larry retired from the Navy in 1986, Larry and Debbi permanently returned to their hometown of Rock Springs to raise their family.
Throughout the years, the love and admiration Larry and Debbi have for each other has grown. Now both retired, their proudest achievement is the family they have created. They love spending time with their children and grandchildren, Raeden, Rylan, Trinity, Berkeley, and Brady.
The pair often travels throughout the country, visiting family and stopping in at every historical landmark and point of interest along the way. Both share a passion for history, good movies, and the company of friends and family. When not reading, crafting, and traveling, Larry and Debbi can be found camping and planning their next adventure.
Reflecting on their marriage, Larry and Debbi agree the best part of their marriage is being best friends and always being there for each other. Congratulations Larry and Debbi; we look forward to celebrating many more years with you together.