Doug and Leontine "Jo" Winn of Walla Walla recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a dinner party at the Walla Walla Country Club.
They were married at the U.S. Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Va., on Dec. 21, 1944. Sgt. Winn had returned from a tour of duty in the South Pacific and was waiting entrance to the Marine Corps Officer’s Candidate School at Quantico. Jo’s maiden name is Jaussaud.
Doug Winn grew up in Washington and Idaho, living in Walla Walla when his father was manager of the J.C. Penney Co. store here. Following World War II, he accepted a regular commission in the U.S. Marine Corps and served on active duty until October 1977 when he retired as a lieutenant colonel. During his duty with the Corps, he served primarily as an infantry officer. Occasional staff assignments involved serving in military duties which supported infantry units. In 1962-63, he commanded the Marine barracks at Adak, Alaska. He finished his career at Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., as logistical organization officer of the Marine Corps and as a speech writer for one of the commandant’s four principal officers.
Following Mr. Winn’s retirement, the couple lived in Walla Walla briefly and then moved to Hawaii. He was employed by International Business Machines Co. as an administrative branch office manager on the island of Oahu. IBM transferred him to an office in Los Angeles and he retired one year later.
The couple returned to Walla Walla and Mr. Winn was employed by Clancy’s Transfer and Storage for a few months prior to being hired by the Walla Walla City-County Airport Board as airport manager. He served as the airport manager from 1972-82 when he once again retired.
Mr. Winn is a member and past president of the Noon Rotary Club, a member and past board member of the Walla Walla Country Club and a life member of Elks Lodge No. 287. While airport manager, he served as president of the Washington Airport Management Association for one year. He was a member of the initial board that formed the Walla Walla Community College Foundation.
Jo Winn grew up in the Walla Walla area where her pioneer family was engaged in the sheep industry. While living in Hawaii, Mrs. Winn worked as a secretary to the local citizens’ committee that was undertaking the task of restoring Lolani Palace. In 1989, Mrs. Winn’s family trusts, primarily involving wheat and timber interests, were transferred to her management. The couple are still engaged in those activities.
Upon returning to Walla Walla, Mrs. Winn was involved in volunteer work at Fort Walla Walla Museum. She has been an active volunteer at the museum for over 35 years and has served on the board.
She is a member and past president of PEO Chapter BI and a former board member of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
From 1982 through 1989, the couple traveled extensively.
Mr. and Mrs. Winn have a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Sue Winn of Carmel Valley, Calif.; two granddaughters, Kris Carter of San Jose, Calif., and Dana Elliott of Los Gatos, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren.