Reta Bright Allen and Rex “S” Spendlove recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They were were married May 9th, 1949 in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Rex grew up in Park City on a ski jumping hill and Boulder City, Nevada. He joined the Navy during WWII where he served in the South Pacific as a radio operator and gunner on a PT Boat. Upon his release from the Navy, he attended Brigham Young University.
Reta grew up in Cove. She graduated from North Cache High School and then attended BYU. Rex and Reta met in their freshman English class. Reta was impressed with his dance skills and Rex thought she was the prettiest girl on campus.
With Reta’s support, Rex completed his BS and MS degrees in Food Science at BYU. While completing school in Provo, a daughter, Cheri, and a son, Alan, were born.
The family moved to Ohio, where with help and encouragement from Reta, Rex earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in microbiology.
Rex and Reta next moved their family to Storrs, Connecticut for an assignment teaching virology at the University of Connecticut. It was here that a daughter, Debbi, was born.
Rex and Reta then chose to move their family to Pleasant Hill, California where Rex worked in Berkeley at the California State Department of Public Health. Lisa and Lori were added to the family while in California.
Rex and Reta discussed with their children, a move to Logan, where Rex went to work at Utah State University as head of the department of bacteriology and public health. While at the university, Rex discovered a better way to produce serum in which to grow cells for research. Reta agreed with Rex that this improved serum should be available to the medical research industry and HyClone Laboratories was created.
An adopted daughter, Lillian, was then added to the family. Reta loving nurtured and supported her children through their many moves and dad’s school and work experiences. She is a thoughtful and insightful mother with a wonderful sense of humor.
Rex and Reta have raised their children with strong moral values and the importance of a strong work ethic. Rex and Reta are loving and dedicated parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Their children are excited to wish them a happy 70th anniversary.