Alvie (A.C.) McClaran and Holly (Fiaschetti) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 9.
They met in 1954 and two years later on April 9, 1956, they were married in Vancouver, Wash., at the Memorial Lutheran Church. They spent their honeymoon in Ensenada, Mexico, before returning to Long Beach, Calif., where Alvie was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Ajax. Two months later they moved to San Diego, Calif., where Alvie's ship was home ported. After a brief stay there, they packed up and moved to Bainbridge, Md., where they settled down for nine months before moving to Hawaii.
In 1958, they were stationed in Seattle, Wash., where the Lord blessed them with the birth of their first son, Alvie II. They moved back to Bainbridge where their sons David and Daniel were born.
In their years of marriage they have lived in or traveled to the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Iceland. While still in the Navy and on their way to the next duty station in the Philippines, they stopped in Hardy, Ark., and purchased their first piece of property in Arkansas in 1964, which was called the George Wirth Farm.
Retiring from serving in the Navy 20 years, the family moved to Wirth and built their home. Alvie helped start a church in the Philippines and Iceland, and has pastored Grace Baptist Church in Wirth. For several years they opened their home to about 30 children in foster care or those who needed a home.
Alvie II is married to Julia Golden, Daniel is married to Karen Gimmi of South Carolina and David to Cathi Parker of New York. David and Cathi now live near Wirth. The McClarens are proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.