Calvin (Calvin King Knighton) always kept the yard in beautiful condition. He could grow anything. He loved to work in the yard. One summer he grew sunflowers they were over 6 feet tall, people would stop to admire them. One day some people were pulling out of the grocery store across the street. They were admiring the sunflowers and were hit from behind by another car. Calvin was always generous with his fruits and vegetables he grew and shared them with a lot of friends and neighbors.
In 1969 Donna (Donna Diane Smith) graduated from Bountiful High School. She worked at Hill Air Force Base during the summer and saved enough money to go to the Church College of Hawaii for her freshman year of college. She then transferred to Brigham Young University for a couple years.
Cheryl (Cheryl Jeanette Smith) blessed us with a third grandchild. Owen Calvin Owens was born on June 27th, 1970. He was born prematurely and weighted only 5 pounds and 9 ounces and was 18 inches long. He was a tall skinny baby. At the time Mike (Robert Michael Owens) was stationed at Mount Almaden Air Force Station at the top of a mountain near San Jose, California. Donna had just finished her freshman year of college and flew back to the mainland via San Francisco to stay with Cheryl and her family when Owen was born. Calvin and I went to San Jose when Owen was blessed that August. I had sewn 5 or 6 little outfits for Shelly (Michelle Lei Owens). We had only been there for about an hour or so when she had tried all of the new outfits on. I knew then that Shelly was going to like shopping all the time, she was born to shop.
Owen was about a year old when Mike was sent to Vietnam. Cheryl and the kids (Robert Eugene, Michelle and Owen Owens) moved to Bountiful in an apartment just down the street and less than a block from our house. It was so nice to have the grandchildren so close by. It was hard to have Mike go to Vietnam. So many of our young men, including two of my brothers, Ralph (Ralph Alcorn Rowley) and Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) were being sent to the Vietnam conflict. I was grateful that Cheryl was close enough so we could help her and their three grandchildren.
Douglas Jones Birk from American Fork proposed to Donna on her 22nd birthday. They met at BYU and were married on April 12th 1973. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. Now two of my children had temple marriages (Cheryl and Mike had gone through the Temple on their anniversary). Donna had been working at the State Training School in
American Fork while she was going to BYU. She was majoring in Therapeutic and Outdoor Recreation. She loved working with the disabled youth.