Aug 2, 2013 - StaffEarl and Sharon Starks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house July 27 at the Outlaw Inn in Rock Springs.
The couple married July 21, 1963, at the Methodist Church in Riverton. They both earned degrees in music at the University of Wyoming in 1963, and their first teaching positions were in Evanston where Earl Starks taught vocal and instrumental music and Sharon Starks taught third grade at Clark and Brown elementary schools.
Earl Starks began a master of music degree at Utah State University in 1967, and in 1969 he was hired to direct the music program at Western Wyoming Community College. After 10 years at the college he took the position of choir and guitar instructor at Rock Springs High School for 19 years, after which he taught private music lessons again at the college for three more years.
Sharon Starks taught fourth grade at Yellowstone Elementary School for one year and then taught and developed the music program at the child development center at Western Wyoming Community College.
In 1978, Sharon Starks began 25 years of teaching at her home where she opened the Village Preschool. They are now retired and continue to live in Rock Springs where they are active members of Providence Reformed Church.
Earl and Sharon Starks raised two sons, Timothy and David. Timothy has four children, Ashley, Jordan, Daniel (deceased-2013) and Samantha. David has four children, Tessa, Andrew, Aidan and Charlie Ryan.
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