At left, John and Marion Frazier cut their wedding cake on Dec. 17, 1949; at right, the couple have another cake at The Claw 70 years later. Submitted photos

At left, John and Marion Frazier cut their wedding cake on Dec. 17, 1949; at right, the couple have another cake at The Claw 70 years later. Submitted photos

Enumclaw couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

John and Marion Frazier married before either of the couple were 20.

John and Marion Frazier celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 17, 2019. Their children hosted a surprise party on Dec. 15 at The Claw in Enumclaw, with more than 120 friends and family in attendance.

The couple married Dec. 17, 1949, at a young age (she was just 15, he was 19). They had seven children in 14 years while living in the south end of Seattle. In 1970 they moved the entire family to Maple Valley, where they built their second home. He worked for the American Can Company on the Seattle waterfront as a machinist before taking a job with the University of Washington in the 1970s. She was a stay-at-home mom until moving to Maple Valley. She began volunteering at the Tahoma School District after all the children were in school and eventually worked in the offices of the high school. She then took a job with Kennedy High School working as an administrative assistant to the principal. They both retired in the 1990s and began building their current home in Enumclaw. They moved to Enumclaw in 2000 and have been enjoying retirement, travel, family and friends since. Aside from seven children, they have nine granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.

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