Some people you feel you’ve known for so long, they are just a part of you. Don and Gwen McPhie became like second parents to me during my formative years due to my friendship with their son Marty. The lesson I learned from this pair was just how the basic act of being kind makes a difference. Being a kind and caring role model for the friends of your kids makes a difference.
Don and Gwen moved into a house on Broadway around 1970. Right down the hill from my house, I would begin playing with their son Marty, playing ping pong, tennis, etc. We had lots of sleepovers and I came to really appreciate the hospitality shown me by this wonderful couple. By the way, Don has a recipe for sourdough pancakes that is better than any pancakes I have ever tasted.
The McPhies always liked the outdoors and I scored countless opportunities to camp with this wonderful family. Marty’s younger brothers Tim and Todd were great kids as well and the memories I have hanging out with this wonderful family are priceless.
One special memory I have is as an adult, going with the McPhies in 1991 down to Moab and riding bikes on the slick rock trail. I ended up doing a polish wheelie and went face first into the rocks and seriously sprained my ankle. They took me to a doctor and I ended up with crutches.
Don and Gwen both had various jobs. Don spent 41 years working at the Tooele Smelter, Dugway Proving Grounds, and the Tooele Chemical Depot. Gwen is best known for her many years working at Key Bank in the round building on Main and 100 North.
Having been married nearly 55 years, they both serve as a testament to how a marriage can work well. They relish in their three boys and four grandkids. The McPhies are an example of the wonderful kind of people who enriched my life growing up. Don recently turned 80 and I am grateful for the long lives and relative strong health of this wonderful couple. Having people like the McPHies in my life, is another reason why I am “living the dream.”