Joaquin and Sukie Ornelas will celebrate 58 years of marriage on April 27. Joaquin and Sukie have three children, Joaquin Jr., Danny and Jorge and two grandchildren. Due to this year’s unique circumstances, they will celebrate their union with family.

Joaquin and Sukie were part of a group of friends that went to movies and many teen dances in Santa Barbara. The jury is out on just who initiated the first date, but their first official date was going to see a movie.

They married on April 27, 1963 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Santa Barbara. They honeymooned in Ensenada, Baja California, and moved to Carpinteria in 1965.

Today they remain influential members of St. Joseph’s Parish. As acknowledgement to the many years of dedicated service to the church, the Pope honored Joaquin and Sukie with the distinguished Benemerenti medal.

Joaquin worked as a mechanic starting at Scotty Moffett Ford, which was located at 5293 Carpinteria Ave. and finally retired 52 years later from Mel Clayton Ford in Santa Barbara. Sukie was the first hired employee for Kilovac, which was located at 550 Linden Ave. She retired 46 years later from Dow Key Microwave in Ventura.

The highlight of their marriage continues to be the celebration of life with their family. They enjoy each and every moment with their children and granddaughters.

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