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Don and Eleanor Torguson of Medford recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Jacksonville Inn.

Hosts of the event were their children, Kirsten Torguson of West Covina, Calif., and Michael and Laura Torguson of Medford. In attendance were Donald and Nicole Felan, and Stephen Geyer.

After dinner the family surprised Don and Eleanor with a beautiful wedding cake. The cake was a joint project of the children and grandchildren. The decorations were spectacular and included the top from the original wedding cake.

Don Torguson married Eleanor Holmes on Sept. 23, 1959, at the home of Eleanor's brother in Van Nuys, Calif.

The couple met in 1957 at Havasu Landing on the Colorado River while visiting their respective parents.

Don was a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles County for 14 years before returning to college to complete his teaching and administrative degrees. He retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1986. Eleanor was a teacher and administrator with LAUSD for 35 years, retiring in 1987.

They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1987 and built a home in Sams Valley on property they purchased in 1960. For several years after moving to Oregon, both did substitute teaching at Rogue Valley School Districts.

They have been on several cruises, and have enjoyed fishing, camping and RV outings during their retirement.