Dusty and Betty Maland of Walla Walla will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday with a gathering of friends and family hosted by Pearl Funk and Peggy Simpson.
The Malands were teenage friends. They married Sept. 28, 1963, at Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton. Betty’s maiden name is Funk.
Dusty earned his bachelor’s degree at Western State University in Gunnison, Colo. He was an agricultural engineer for General Foods (Birdseye) in Walla Walla, then was a self-employed farmer raising wheat, peas and alfalfa for about 15 years at the Walla Walla city spray farm.
He and Betty co-own and operate Dusty’s Ski & Snowboard Shop in Walla Walla, at one time running five stores, and for five years owned a ski shop at the Spout Springs Ski Area.
An avid skier, he is a 50-year member of the volunteer National Ski Patrol at Spout Springs and a 33-year volunteer firefighter with Walla Walla County Fire Department District 4. He is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
A teacher, Betty taught at Blue Mountain Community College, Central Linn High School in Halsey Ore., and is a substitute teacher for Walla Walla School District and in Milton-Freewater. She is a member and past office holder with the American Association of University Women, Walla Walla Symphony Guild, Allied Arts Council, Walla Walla County Homemakers and Alpha Delta Pi. She was also a Cub Scout den mother.
The Malands have three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael J. and Kristin Maland of Snoqualmie, Wash.; Christopher A. and Jiyeon Maland of Seattle; and Jonathan and Merrylou Maland of Walla Walla; and three grandchildren, Lauren E. and Ian M. Maland of Snoqualmie and Thilmer J. Maland of Walla Walla.