Payson residents LaVon and Jim Milano met in 1949 while attending pharmacy school at Ferris Institute in Big Rapids, Mich. They were married two years later on July 2, 1951 in Detroit while Jim was serving in the Navy during the Korean War. The Milanos settled in Libertyville, Ill. in 1956, and they owned an independent drug store until December 1971, when they moved to Scottsdale. Jim was a pharmacist in the Phoenix area before relocating to Payson in 1985. He still fills in when needed at the Wal-Mart and Walgreens pharmacies in Payson.
The Milanos' children and grandchildren will hold an open house July 1 at the couple's Payson home to celebrate the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. The Milanos have two daughters, Nancy Volz and her husband, Ken, of Phoenix and Lisa Brothman and her husband, Art, of Salt Lake City, Utah; one son, John and his wife, Karen, and three grandchildren Ashby, Jessica and Jimmy Milano of Washington, Ill. The Milanos are longtime hikers with the Payson Packers and are active members of Community Presbyterian Church, where LaVon is a deacon and Jim is a "fix-it" man.