In Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 9, 1950, Phyllis Havens, age 15, a Texan – born and bred – arrived from New Jersey. Within hours, David Dillon, age 18, a Jersey boy – born and bred – arrived by train from Texas where he completed his Air Force Basic Training.
They met for the first time three weeks later at her grandmother’s home in Glendale, Calif. on Sept. 27, 1950. He was smitten and knew immediately he had met the love of his life. She, however, took a little longer and required some gentle persuasion.
Nevertheless, they were married on June 20, 1953 at the March Air Force Base Chapel in Riverside, Calif.
It’s been an active, fun-filled marriage with the normal ups and downs. They traveled often, mostly in the good old USA, hitting about 44 of the lower 48 states. As a matter of fact, they are currently motoring through New England.
They have had a variety of occupations. Phyllis has been a truant officer, real estate agent, sales representative for Commerce Clearing House, and president and co-founder of Special Artists Management, a successful talent agency. David has had dual careers in the life insurance business and the acting business. He began as an agent for Metropolitan Life, became vice president and manager of the Life and Group Department of John C. Paige & Company of New York City, and was the brokerage manager for Prudential Insurance Company of New York City. As a professional actor, he joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1967 and is now a life-member of SAG-AFTRA.
They are the proud parents of Dana Dillon Walling of Brick, Marjorie Dillon Dellecker of Venice, Fla., and David D. Dillon II of Severna Park, Md., and four fantastic grandchildren, Christina L. Walling, Melissa A. Walling, David D. Dillon III, and Erica K. Dillon.