The children of Vernon and Diane Pankratz would like to announce the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents. Vernon and Diane were introduced through Diane’s older brother, Jan Furner, who was serving as Vernon’s mission companion in the Netherlands. Jan encouraged them to write each other while Vernon continued to serve his mission. The couple fell in love, and after he returned home from his mission, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Aug. 16, 1963. Vernon and Diane lived in many places throughout the western United States before settling in the Tooele Valley in 1975, where he managed the Erda Utah Crops Project for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until 1999. After he stopped farming but before retiring, he worked as a bishop at Welfare Square for the church. She served as a homemaker, devoting her time and talents to their 11 children: Deonna (Alan) Weight, Sherri (Greg) Summers, Shane (Stephanie), Bryant (Stacey), Daniel (Traci), Teena, Peter (Meghan), Justin (Jessica), Craig (Misty), Andrew, and Spencer. Throughout their marriage, Vernon and Diane have served in many capacities in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most recently, they served two missions together in the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of France from 2009 to 2013. In addition to their 11 children, they have 30 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated their anniversary with their family on Aug. 16, 2013 at a private party.