Earl and Carole McCain will celebrate 50 years of marriage on June 2, 2012. Earl was born at his parents’ farm home near Tecumseh, Neb., where he graduated from high school before attending the Nebraska State Teachers College in Peru. Carole was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and was raised in Idaho, Oklahoma, and Oregon before her family relocated to Greeley, Colo., where she graduated from high school and entered Colorado State College.
Having completed an MA degree at New Mexico Highlands University, Earl returned to Nebraska as teacher/coach at Waco and Bradshaw high schools before becoming a junior high teacher in Greeley. It was at an informal autumn reunion with old high school and college friends that blind dates were arranged with four Sigma Sigma Sigma sisters, which brought Earl and Carole together. And the rest is history. A week following her graduation from CSC, Carole and Earl were wed at the LDS chapel in Greeley. On March 13, 1963, they were sealed at the Idaho Falls LDS temple.
For two years prior to starting their family, Carole was a second grade teacher at Jackson Elementary School in Greeley. Throughout most of the 1960s, Earl was a social studies and English instructor at the Meeker and John Evans junior high schools before serving as a student teacher supervisor at CSC while he completed the course work for an EdD degree in social studies curriculum and instruction.
Two children, Matt and Amy, were born in Greeley before the McCains relocated to Utah in 1969 as Earl became a professor of education at Weber State College—a position he held for 31 years.
They chose Mountain Green [The Land of OZ] as their new home. Two more sons, Andrew and John, were added to the family in the early 1970s. All four children were students at Morgan Elementary and Morgan High School and received degrees from Weber State.
Community service has always been a high priority for Carole and Earl. Each devoted years of service at unit, district and council levels for various positions with the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting has taken Earl thousands of miles to Hawaii, Okinawa, Tokyo, and the National Jamboree as well as to camps in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah. Both were honored with the District Award of Merit and Earl is a Wood Badger and Silver Beaver.
Earl served on the county and state boards of education as well as a UCAT trustee, Fort Buenaventura board chair, and the MG-P Lions Club president. Carole is a local officer with the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and is a founding member of the Weber State Storytelling Festival board.
Carole [popularly known as “the Book Girl” at Morgan Elementary] was recognized by UELMA as Utah’s Library Media Paraprofessional of the Year in 2003. She continues to volunteer at the Mountain Green Elementary School. Earl was nominated several times as Weber State professor of the year and has served the Wildcats’ game management crew as a clock operator for more than 35 years.
Carole and Earl have served in numerous positions in the LDS church at ward and stake levels and as service missionaries in Central Ogden.
They will be joined for the celebration by their children—Matt [Kaoru] of Albuquerque; Amy [Robb Boden] of Roy; Andrew [Tammy] of Morgan; and John [Sherry] of Roy—along with eight grandchildren—Cambria [Kevin Wright], Nikki, Sean, Michael, Ryan, Samantha, Joshua, and Sydney.