The pair, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday, Dec. 6, maintain a jocularity and devotion that goes far beyond simply being married.
They have shared a lifetime of adventure and excitement, from a love of the outdoors to a passion for antique vehicles, three of which they still have.
Farragut residents for the last four years, the Coburns met on a blind date in Mary’s home state of Michigan, where Damon had gone to work following his Army service in Korea above the 38th Parallel.
“A girl I worked with said her husband’s friend was coming to town, and would I want to go out?” Mary said. “I had just broken up with a boyfriend, so I said, ‘Sure.’