Bill and Shannon Foster of Phoenix celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary June 3, 2012, at their home with a celebration given by their family.
William Foster married Shannon Louise McEwen June 6, 1942, in Las Vegas. They have three children: Craig Foster of Portland, Mary Foster of Ashland and Suzanne Foster of Medford; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Bill and Shannon attended El Monte High School in Southern California together, where Shannon was best friends with Bill's sister, Peggy. The couple decided to get married a few years after graduation and planned to go to Las Vegas. Peggy's dad didn't like the looks of the tires on Bill's car, so he loaned the young couple his car, and they tied the knot at The Hitching Post on the Las Vegas Strip.
They worked at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach during the war and had three kids five years apart. Bill spent much of his career in sales and in the early '70s owned an interior-design company called William Foster Custom Interiors.
Bill became interested in Oregon, flew up to Bandon and purchased a 360-acre cattle and sheep ranch on the same day. That ranch is now Bandon Crossings Golf Course.
In the '80s, the couple moved to the Rogue Valley to be near their children's families, since they had all followed Bill and Shannon to Oregon. Bill owned the Century 21 office in Ashland with his son, Craig, and John Schweiger for several years.