By RODNEY D. BOAM
At 82, Lee Foster and his 72 year-old wife DeAnna, danced their way to a gold medal at the Southeastern Idaho Senior Games held in Pocatello earlier this month.
It was no fluke. The couple have been dancing most of their life. They enjoy ballroom dancing with each other, so much so they drive from their Egypt home to the Pocatello Senior Citizen Center once or twice a week. They go to dance to music that just calls for bodies to move and sway.
On July 11, the two danced their hearts out, not necessarily for the medal, but just to be on the floor together.
They won their medal for dancing a freestyle swing.
“Ballroom dancing is apparently what we do best. Actually I had no idea what the competition would be like,” Lee said. “We just went to have fun and did.”
“We just got married five years ago,” DeAnna said. “We met at an LDS singles dance.”
DeAnna’s husband passed away. Nine months later she went to her first singles dance and they danced that night and it went from there.
Lee’s first wife died and he had been going to dances from Blackfoot to Ogden for a few years.
After his retirement from the forest service, Lee was doing some freelance work climbing through some timber when he got a little winded.
“I don’t like gyms. I don’t like treadmills and I don’t like running. But I do like to dance,” Lee said. “I started dancing to get into shape.”
After that first dance they continued to see each other at the singles dances. Before a year passed and after they talked their families into it, they got married.
Lee was born in Preston, but attended high school in Washington, D.C., while his father worked with the department of agriculture.
After a career with the forest service, Lee came to Preston to retire.
DeAnna was born in Logan, but spent most of her life in Hyrum where her father worked as a seminary teacher.
She has found a new home in Preston.
“I love it here. We have a great ward.” Deanna said. “I love being out here in the pasture land with a view of the mountains.”
The Fosters have 20 acres, all farmed except for the acre where their house sits.
There were over 350 people who participated in the Senior Games. There were about 20 events and most were field games.
This story is sponsored by Beckstead Real Estate.
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