Relatives and friends gathered at the home of Ken and Betty Truett of Patterson on Jan. 7, 2012, to celebrate the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.
The pair knew each other for many years before their marriage. When eighth-graders from Las Palmas School took a class trip to the high school in the spring of 1958, Betty Periera Kazda had her first look at the new boy in town, Ken Butch Truett. It was also the first time Ken saw her. They became good friends. Ken’s mother, Evelyn Truett, also reports that he went home that first day and told his mother about Betty — and that she was the future Mrs. Ken Truett.
They began seriously dating in August 1961, and soon afterward, Ken popped the question. The couple was married Jan. 7, 1962, at the Federated Church in Patterson. The late Bill Truett stood beside his brother as best man, and Betty’s sister, Sharon Kazda Parker of Turlock, was maid of honor.
The newlyweds settled in Patterson and began planning a family. Their first child was son Ken Truett Jr., of Patterson, and a little less than two years later, a daughter, the late Geneva Truett Samirrippa, was born.
The Truetts moved to Crows Landing for a brief period, but in 1970, their plans to buy a home brought them back to Patterson.
Before his retirement, Ken Truett ran the machine shop at Napa Auto Parts in the parts department. Betty Truett worked several years as site manger of the senior center in Patterson and also served many meals to seniors. Now retired, she spends much of her spare time with her mother, Geneva Kazda of Patterson. Ken makes furniture in his spare time.
The Truetts also have three grandchildren, Lisa Truett of San Diego and Amanda Truett Gaxiola and William Samirrippa, both of Patterson.