Young love has settled in for good for these valley natives – almost 6 decades later – Daily News
It’s a sweet story about a young love gone bad… but who rekindled 59 years later.
Dennis and Diane Reynolds, both 77, first married at 18, had two sons, but their relationship ended in divorce four years later.
The couple met at Sun Valley Junior High School when they were 13.
In recent decades, Dennis, a Vietnam veteran, is said to remarry two other women who both died.
Diane remarried and had four more children with her second husband who also died.
Dennis and Diane haven’t communicated much over the years, except at the funeral of their sons and the wedding of a granddaughter.
He said he never stopped loving her. She said she was busy raising six children and hadn’t really had time over the years to think about him.
It would take an unfortunate accident to reunite them and rekindle the love they had for each other.
Diane was about to work as a member of the Veterans Administration Senate and Congressional Liaison Officer for the Veterans Appeal Board in 2019 when she tripped and fell on a Washington sidewalk , DC and suffered serious facial injuries. She had worked for the VA all of her adult life, but was forced to retire after her fall.
Dennis, the romantic that he is, sent him roses after he heard about his accident.
“I thought it was a little strange,” said Diane. “You know I hadn’t heard from him and I felt uncomfortable and my daughter said to me, ‘Mom. He just sent flowers. He’s not proposing.
Dennis said he always had a thing for Diane.
“She was my first love and the mother of my children,” Dennis said.
The Reynolds have matured over the years and both had good careers by the time they reconnected.
“We were stronger in ourselves,” said Diane. “I moved to Las Vegas to be near my daughter and visit her too, never thinking that would ever happen.”
Dennis had moved to Las Vegas after serving in the military and landing a position as vice president of marketing and research for a soil amendment and science company for 40 years.
As fate willed, Dennis won Diane to his side although she said it was no child’s play.
“I got sick and went to the hospital and he came to sleep on my couch and made me dinner and washed my clothes and fed the dog and cleaned the house and everything and never asked for anything.” said Diane. “He would be as sweet as he could be and you know he just made my heart melt.”
The couple also had plenty of time to discuss the 50-year gap on coronavirus stay-at-home orders.
“We got to know each other a lot better in a more mature way and that’s how after about a year we got married,” said Diane.
They got married on Veterans Day last year, just like they did the first time. And in mid-January, they moved into a brand new dream home to live the rest of their lives – together.