In the mid 1960s, Ed Crookston was serving as a missionary in Canada. It was there he met the Roegeles who had a teenaged daughter, Bonnie. While his focus was on his work, she was weighing the options of her several suitors.

Finding none of the suitors suitable, Bonnie took a random trip with a friend a few years afterward to see the Salt Lake temple. She encountered the former Elder Crookston and the two started a correspondence. A short courtship later, Bonnie decided to leave her family and country behind to marry Ed. They married in the Logan Temple in 1968. This July 12th celebrates their 50th wedding anniversary.

Ed and Bonnie have set an amazing standard of loyalty and love. Unexpected bends in the road have detoured them away from some of their plans. Their devotion and commitment to each other has withstood all challenges. They’ve remained united through the joys and the rigors of raising six children. Their love and compassion have been extended just as fully to their daughters-in-law and their sons-in-law. Ed and Bonnie continue to navigate the experiences of life with their family’s best interests in mind.

These two have been an example to many of a strong marriage. Their greatest influence has been on their children and 22 grandchildren. The effect will continue to the next generation, starting with their great-grandson who is due this month.

Ed and Bonnie, we love you and appreciate you! Thank you for everything you’ve provided for us.

Love, Michele, Eddie, Melanie, Karrie Ann, Jeremy, Amy, Tammy, Klay, Joel, Lindsey and Ben.

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