Thirteen is a lucky number for Hazel (Perks) and Mike Sutton.
They met on May 13, 1967, and thirteen weeks later — at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, they were united in marriage at the family summer home — Perks Patch on Martin Bay in Sagle. Twenty-five years later, the couple’s daughter, Keri, was married at the same time, same location to Ron James. The pastor, was also the same officiant — Chuck Wigton — at the Suttons’ wedding back in 1967.
Touched their daughter wanted to be married on the same day they had exchanged vows, the Suttons said they were surprised by a special anniversary party held as part of the day’s celebration.
Sunday, the couples plan to celebrate their 50th and 25th wedding anniversaries at Perks Patch. Chuck Wigton will hold a wedding vow renewal for both couples. Friends are invited to attend.
The Suttons were recently surprised with the announcement of their engagement in the Bonner County History museum’s column. A friend, who still lives in Sandpoint, clipped out the column and sent it to the couple.
The announcement reads “Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Perks, Sandpoint, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hazel, to Michael A. Sutton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Sutton of Firth, Idaho.
“Miss Perks graduated from the U of I this spring and will teach high school at Longview, Wash. Mr. Sutton recently completed an Army tour of duty and plans to return to college this fall. He is studying forestry. An August wedding is planned.”
Her father served as mayor of Sandpoint for a time as well as the town’s official Santa Claus. Mike Sutton would go on to work at Idaho State Police and Hazel Sutton would teach for many years.
The couple met while attending the University of Idaho — she worked at the Knobby Inn and he lived across the street and would come in for a coffee and baked potato.
It wasn’t long before they knew they wanted to marry.
Ron and Keri James met in Pocatello, where he served in the Navy and taught and Idaho National Laboratory and she was a student at Idaho State University. Ron James is still at INL and Keri James works as a speech pathologist at a clinic in southern Idaho.