Douglas & Charyl (Moss) Martinez – Central High School – Class of 1961 and 1962

Doug and I first saw each other outside the truant office In Central HS. Doug was standing in the hall. I assisted Mrs. Keegstra in her office.  Doug gave me “the look” but did not say anything.  I was in the 9th grade and he was in the 10th.  The next time I saw Doug and actually spoke to him was while I was walking home from school.  He was in a car with some other boys I knew and they stopped.  

From then on, we dated.  We were engaged in the winter of my senior year and married two years after I graduated.  I finished nursing school and became a Registered Nurse and Doug finished an apprenticeship with Consumers Power and became an Electrical Lineman. I became a Director of Behavioral Health and Doug was a foreman for Public Service Company of New Mexico.  

We raised five children: two boys and three girls (two of the girls are twins).  We have eleven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.  We have just celebrated out 59th wedding anniversary.  I think the best part of our story is that we are still best friends and love each other very much! We enjoy the same things and rarely disagree.We live in New Mexico as I was born here and we love the culture and weather.

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