The 2019 Wellington City Pioneer Days grand marshals have been named as Dale and Ardiene Norton.
Dale was born March 27, 1938 in Price and Ardiene was born April 3, 1939 in Wellington. They were high school sweethearts and married Aug. 23, 1957 and settled in Wellington where they raised their family of four, including Spiff, Lynna, Bart and Chance.
They solemnized their marriage in the Manti Temple on their 60th wedding anniversary.
Dale retired from the coal mine in 1993. He also coached Little League, Babe Ruth and Pony League in Wellington with Ardiene by his side keeping score, cheering or doing whatever else was needed for the teams. Dale also coached a men’s softball team with many players on it that he coached as youth.
Dale built the backstop on the field south of the train tracks in Wellington, which was the first Babe Ruth field and later served for girl’s fast pitch.
Dale and Ardiene ran the horseshoe tournament for the Wellington’s 24th of July celebration for several years. They still volunteer for the Wellington community and church when possible.
Dale and Ardiene still reside in Wellington where they are happily retired.