Cullen and Dorothea (Dottie) Deck were married on Aug. 27, 1955 at San Pedro Methodist Church. The couple met in seventh grade at Narbonne High School in Lomita, California, and began dating as seniors. They moved to Carpinteria 50 years ago when Cullen became Assistant Principal at Carpinteria High School. Both Cullen and Dottie went to the original Pepperdine College at 79th and Vermont street in Los Angeles, and Cullen had a short career in professional baseball before joining his wife in the teaching profession.
The Decks have a daughter, Kerry, and son, Loren, and grandchildren, Ryan and Matthew.