Claire earned a degree from Heald College and worked at Moffett Field. John was self-employed as a food broker in San Francisco until his retirement in 1985.
Over the years, John has pursued interests in quarter horses and sailing and is a longstanding member of the Elks Club in Palo Alto.
Claire, an avid cook and gardener, keeps busy maintaining their 1.75-acre parcel.
The couple have lived in Los Altos Hills since 1963 and have two children, Gary, who lives in Lodi, and Gay, who resides in Menlo Park. They have four grandchildren.
The couple celebrated their anniversary with their family at a Croatian restaurant in Sunnyvale.