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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2002 10:00 pm

The Kidd family: Mark and Vicki Kidd, daughter Kapri, 19, and son Tyler, 18, who both attend college at Brigham Young University in Utah; sons Ryan, 16, and Kody, 14, will be at Lodi High School this coming year; and son Austin, 9, and daughter Mikayla, 7, who attend the new University Public School charter school in Morada.

The family owns a small chain of stores and pizzerias: Mar-Val Foods grocery store, and Papa’s Pizzeria, founded by Mark’s father 50 years ago in Lodi. The stores are now mostly in Valley Springs, Ripon and Rio Linda, but there is still one pizzeria in Galt.

They met through their church, where Mark was Vicki’s sister’s seminary teacher. Vicki’s sister invited Mark to a family gathering at Christmas break 21 years ago and they were married a year later.

Family activities: They love winter sports, like snow skiing and snowboarding, and they spend a week in Lake Tahoe or Park City each year.

Summertime brings out their love of boating and water sports. They pack up everyone and send a week on a houseboat on Lake Powell every summer.

“It is the kids’ favorite vacation.” Vicki said.

They water ski, jet ski, swim, and hike in the canyons.

“Our favorite part is jumping off the cliffs into the water,” she said.

Family traditions: Their large extended family gets together once a month, usually at their Acampo home, where there is plenty of room, and there is always a reason to celebrate.

“We could be celebrating six or seven birthdays at one shot,” Vicki said.

Pets: “Being in the country, we’ve had the whole gamut,” Vicki said.

Right now they have chickens, five cats, a tiny Shih-tzu dog named Gizmo, which is “Mikayla’s baby.” Vicki also finds herself tending to Kapri’s large pet Honduran milk snake while Kapri is away at college. The snake is kept separate from son Kody’s rat, Lightning.

Best cook: Vicki does the most cooking.

“Basic, boring spaghetti is really everybody’s favorite. I think my husband must have suffered spaghetti deprivation as a child, because he just loves it. The boys are really all good cooks, and Kody is an excellent chocolate chip cookie maker.”

Family ancestor of note: Vicki’s great-great-grandfather Samuel Rose Parkinson helped pioneer Brigham Young settle in the Utah Valley.

Best family feature of Lodi: “What strikes me is the small town atmosphere,” Vicki said. “Everybody knows everybody. I love when I take the kids to the dentist or the doctor and can say, ‘This is daddy’s best friend he went to school with,’ or I go see the local jeweler, and they are a friend of the family. It is unique to me, because I come from back east, and I love it.”

Families come in all configurations. To nominate a family, even your own, for our Family Portrait series, call panorama editor Julia Priest at 369-7035, or e-mail juliap@lodinews.com.

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