John M. Sharp, Jr. (“Jack”) and Carol E. (Martin) Sharp are celebrating 50 years of marriage this summer.
Jack was born in St. Paul but moved to New York City during World War II while his father was in the Navy. He spent most of his childhood in White Bear Lake and Pine City. He attended what his siblings called “The John Sharp School” (Pine City High School) before attending the University of Minnesota. His parents, Sue and Jack Sharp, were long-time residents of Pine City.
Carol, daughter of Grace and George Martin, grew up near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. She attended Central High School and the University of Minnesota.
The couple met Feb. 5, 1966, at an Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity function at the University of Minnesota. They were married on Aug. 19, 1967, at Trinity Community Church in Minneapolis.
Jack and Carol live in Austin, Texas and have three children: Katie, David and Susan. They have four grandchildren: Rebecca, Andrew, Eva Grace and John Michael. They enjoy hiking and traveling the world together. They will celebrate their Golden Anniversary this month in Pine City and Minneapolis with family and friends.