An open house is planned Saturday, Aug. 11, to honor Bob and Arlene McGarvin on their 60th wedding anniversary. Their two daughters invite friends and former co-workers to the open house at the Presbyterian Church of Delta, 135 4th Street, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. No gifts, please.
During their 58 years as residents of Delta County, the McGarvins have participated in many school and community events. Bob is a past president of the Delta Rotary Club and Arlene a past president of PEO, Chapter BK. Though recently relocating to Grand Junction, they have maintained membership in the Presbyterian Church of Delta and Arlene continues as a volunteer at the Delta County Federal Credit Union.
Retirement years have been happily spent enjoying family and friends and traveling extensively. Bob especially enjoys seeing and hearing news of former students.
Bob and Arlene met while attending Western State College in Gunnison. Bob played football for WSC and lived on a local ranch doing ranch work for room and board while attending college. He graduated from college and was offered his first job at Delta High School teaching art and coaching. He and Arlene were married on Aug. 15, 1958, and they took a short honeymoon to Aspen because two days later Bob had to be back to start teaching and coaching football. He took a short leave of absence from DHS in 1961 to obtain his master's degree in fine arts at the University of Idaho. They returned to Delta and he resumed teaching and coaching. They had their first daughter in January 1963.
Bob took the principal job at Garnet Mesa Elementary and Lincoln School in 1967 and spent the remainder of his career there. They had their second daughter in 1967. Arlene was primarily a homemaker in the early years and held various jobs throughout the community when the girls went to school. She went back to college to finish her bachelor's degree in the early '80s and spent the rest of her career as the human resource director at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
They have two daughters, Janna (Dennis) Burk and Kristen (Will) Namminga; and four grandchildren, Amanda Burk, Samantha Burk, Justin Burk and Grace Namminga.