Mel and Marsha (Stevens) Stout, of Tumalo, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary spending a week in Portland visiting the sites, their favorite restaurants and friends.

The couple were married June 8, 1968, in Ottawa, Kansas. They met as students at Kansas State University.

Mr. Stout served as an officer in the U.S. Army Engineer Corps in Virginia and Vietnam. A registered landscape architect in four states, Mel garnered awards for his work on several Portland-area greenway and trail master plans. He was appointed and commissioned as a member of the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board and served fors eight years under Govs. Kulongoski and Kitzhaber. He was a head of the landscape architecture division at Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc. until he retired in 2010. Mel was instrumental in the construction and installation of the “Welcome to Tumalo” monuments.

Mrs. Stout was a director of membership and partner services at Travel Portland. When she retired in 2010, the couple moved to Central Oregon. Marsha joined several nonprofits and was one of the first commissioners of the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund. She has served on the boards of Newcomers Club of Bend, Arts and Culture Alliance of Central Oregon and Central Oregon Ambassadors for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She is the president of the Deschutes County Historical Society board of directors.

The couple have lived in Tumalo for 8 years.