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Carlton Senior Living Concord | February 9, 2019 | By Jessica Beck

Charles and Esther’s Secret to Love

Charles and Esther Doolin
Established 1948

“Time isn’t the main thing, it’s the only thing.” ~Miles Davis

Charles and Esther Doolin met in high school, she was a sophomore and he was, as he recalls a “special student” since he still had one semester to finish. Their first date was to the movie theaters but they don’t remember what movie they saw.

Their first dance was at the Dream Bowl in Napa where they danced country western. They remember dancing to a Johnny Cash song during one of the dances. Esther stated that when he asked her to marry him she said no, until one day she decided to accept his proposal. Charles stated their was an immediate attraction to her but for her it took a little time because she wanted to get to know him first.

He knew she was the one and did not want to be away from her. Since he was so persistent she decided to make him happy and they have been together ever since. They got married at Suisun Baptist Church on August 27, 1948. According to Esther he has been a good father and provider for his family and she really appreciated being a stay at home mom, being able to raise their children. Charles stated Esther has been a good wife always making sure things were in order.

The secret to a lasting marriage for them is to always smooth out the bumps in the road and to remain important to each other, not letting other things matter. They always hoped for a long marriage but did not think it would be this many years.        


Special appreciation to Activity Assistant, Melissa Alvarez who interviewed Charles and Esther and put their love story into words.