Gaylon and Jean Solomon - longtime residents of Big Lake, Texas, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this coming Saturday, June 8th. This platinum-year event will be held at the Comfort Suites in Frisco, Texas. The anniversary celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

As legend has it, Jean and Gaylon were scheduled to be married on June 17, 1949. At the time, Gaylon was working as a Santa Fe railway agent in Sylvester, Texas. Either because of Jean’s beauty, or the fact that Gaylon drove an awesome 1937 Plymouth (time has faded the details a bit,) these lovebirds couldn’t wait. With marriage license in pocket, they called some friends to meet them with the rings for an impromptu service in Sweetwater, Texas. The minister on hand told them their marriage would probably last no longer than six months, but they knew better. Their loving home was made complete by three sons: Ray and wife, Jan of Kerrville; Phil and wife, Karen of Frisco; and Kelly and wife, Lisa of Little Elm. Further installments of their happiness include: 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, countless jokes, and an unfathomable amount of wonderful memories.

Gaylon left highschool to seek excitement by joining the navy, where he served in the Pacific Theater of World War II. And while his later civilian life proved fruitful, he returned to his alma mater in Comanche, Texas, due to the Operation Recognition Veterans Diploma project. In May of 2002, he was awarded his high school diploma, along with two other World War II veterans during the regular high school graduation ceremony. Many of his family members were proudly in attendance.

In Big Lake, Jean and Gaylon were members of First Baptist Church, where Gaylon was an ordained deacon. The community further benefited through Gaylon’s membership in City Council, along with a term as mayor in the late 1970s. Jean, a loving mother and stellar homemaker, also served as office secretary at First Baptist.

Jean and Gaylon moved from Big Lake to San Angelo in the early 1980s, where Gaylon later retired from a 40-year tenure at Santa Fe Railroad. In the mid-1990s they moved to a quiet farm near Brownwood, Texas. Currently residing in Little Elm, Texas, which has been their home for the last fourteen years, they enjoy being close to most of their family.

The Solomon’s marriage has been full of beautiful moments shared with many friends - which they would love to hear from. You may send congratulatory notes by email to rayorjansolomon@gmail.com, or you may call 830-792-3363.