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Originally published Monday, July 31, 2017 at 06:00a.m.

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Ralph and Doretha Franklin

Ralph Franklin and Doretha Mayle were married July 1, 1950. Ralph and Doretha were high school sweethearts. Ralph was a cowboy in the early years. He later went to work as an electrical lineman and worked for Arizona Public Service until he retired after 33-plus years. Doretha worked in the medical field for 30 years.

Ralph is a native Arizonan, being born in Kingman. Doretha was born in Ohio and came west when she was 12.

The Franklins have six children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.