Gordon and Tammy met in Salina at a dance that followed a high school basketball game. Tammy was from Wayne County and Gordon from Sevier. They started dating and decided they were meant for each other and got sealed in the Manti Temple in 1972 while Gordon was on leave before being deployed to Germany. It was a whirlwind of a wedding, then the adventure began! After spending two years overseas together, they returned to the states to start their life in Redmond.
The couple have three children: Jennifer (Kelly) Quarnberg, Trisha (Karl) Jensen, and Bartley (Heidi) Jensen and ten grandchildren: Ashlie Robins, Kade Scott, JaKel Wanstrom, Rance Jensen, Stockton Jensen, Hailey Johnson, Addie Quarnberg, Saidey Johnson, Paxon Johnson, and Camdon Johnson. They also have six great-grandchildren.
Gordon began working in the coal mine, then worked in the salt mine for 26 years. He finished his working career building Cover All buildings and being a foreman for Big D Construction. Tammy stayed home to raise their three children and also tended other neighbor’s kids. When the kids were old enough for school, she began substitute teaching and working in the middle school. After her middle school career, she moved to working for DCFS in Richfield (where she was the most loved secretary). Currently, they are both retired and spending their days chasing grandkids, putting together puzzles, and creating “projects.” Tammy and Gordon and pillars in the community, helping to keep the Legion Auxiliary, Girls State, and many other service organizations going strong!
There will be a 50-year anniversary celebration held in their honor on May 20th at the Redmond Old Town Hall from 6-8 pm.