Lake Havasu City Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday

Lake Havasu City Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday
Janet Cruz / 12 Jun 2022 / 1 Comment » Comments

By Janet Cruz

Lake Havasu City resident Vernon ” Dale” Shawver celebrated his 100th birthday at Prestige Assisted Living at Claremont May 27 with plenty of guests and family members by his side to mark the milestone birthday.

“It was a great thrill, even the mayor came, also our doctor,” said Shawver.”They let our family join us too,” he added.

The party’s theme was Western style along with cowboy hats, great food and banana splits. Party gift bags were donated by local organization Hava-sis, and coordinated by Prestige Assisted Living at Claremont.

“I was super excited for his birthday, He always makes me laugh and I know he loves Westerns since his room is decorated with Western items.”

“It was the perfect fit for his birthday,” said Life and Enrichment Director at Prestige Assisted Living at Claremont Karen Toth. “I knew he would feel welcome. We had drinks, we got the residents hats, I rode in with a horse. It was my pleasure to do this for him,” she added.

Courtesy of Prestige Assisted Living at Claremont

Mayor Cal Sheehy and Vernon Shawver. Submitted by Karen Troth, Prestige Assisted Living at Claremont.

Shawver was born on May 27, 1922, in Auburn, Indiana, and grew up in Southfield, Michigan. He later moved to California and in 1952, met the love of his life Doralee and later married in 1954. They later had two children. A son and daughter.

Courtesy of Dusty Watson

Doralee and Vernon Dale Shawver 1954. Submitted by Dusty Watson

Shawver worked as a manager for Pantry Markets in Pasadena, Calif., until early retirement at 57. but retirement didn’t stop Shawver one bit. He soon began working as a movie extra alongside his wife Doralee.

“When we started in the movie business, our first experience as extras was in the movie ‘Marilyn Monroe : The Untold Story’ in 1980 where I was a photographer in a parade,” added Shawver.

Shawver also spent two months working as a Jun Priest on the 1982 Beastmaster movie.

“It was the biggest thrill working with Mark Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Thorn and John Amos,” said Shawver. ” I received AFTRA membership (American Federal Television and Radio Artists membership ) for it,” he added.

Over the years besides the movie business, he enjoyed 12 years of traveling all over the country in the couples fifth wheeler, fishing and hiking and spending time together before eventally moving to Lake Havasu City,  where they currently reside.

” We have been married for 67 years and I treasure every year, ” said Shawver.

Vernon and Doralee Shawver. Courtesy of Prestige Assisted Living at Claremont.

As for some tips to living a good long life, Shawver says he makes sure to always be a gentleman, and advises others to get an education, try to be happy and healthy and also follow their dreams. He also says having great genes and loving your family helps too.

Shawver was also presented with a proclamation from  Mayor Cal Sheehy’s office proclaiming May 27 Vernon Dale Shawver Day in Lake Havasu City.

“I am honored that I made it to 100,” said Shawver. ” Very few people ever have that experience,” he added.

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One Response to “Lake Havasu City Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday”

  1. Dale Shawver says:

    Thank you for helping me celebrate my 100th Birthday love that you did the article of my life.

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