After 60 years, Coburns reflect on ‘very good times’

The Coburns, seated, have a large family that includes, in no particular order, daughter, Sherilyn Dawson; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Keri Coburn; grandchildren, Kyle Coburn and his wife, Hollie, and their two children, Makenzie and Rylie; Daniel Coburn; David Dawson; and Elizabeth Dawson.
Not many married couples maintain the affection and love beginning during courtship, but Damon and Mary Coburn aren’t just any couple.

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.’

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Season of Celebration

Isabelle Hartley, left, with Kelly Tulk and her sons, Ian, left, and Josh at Town of Farragut’s annual Celebrate the Season.
Farragut residents certainly have embraced the holiday spirit, holding many community activities with a Christmas theme. Concord United Methodist Church held its Second Annual Concord Community Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 17, helping shoppers select that “perfect present.” Faith Lutheran Church presented its annual Cookie Walk and Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 1. Town of Farragut joined in with its annual Celebrate the Season at Town Hall Thursday, Dec. 6, where children visited Santa and decorated cookies,

along with singing, bell-ringing and other seasonal activities for all ages.

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Pets can face ‘shot’ or ‘no-shot’ diabetes

Q: My neighbor told me that her dog, “King.” has diabetes. She has already been afraid of needles, and so I asked how it was going with the insulin injections.

She said that her dog has “the other diabetes” and that she doesn’t have to give King shots. I’ve never heard about this before.

Can you please explain? T.J., Farragut

A: Yes, there are two main types of diabetes. Most pet owners are familiar with diabetes mellitus, in which pets need and receive insulin injections.

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