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Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2002 10:00 pm

The Lindsey family: John Lindsey, a veterinarian at Sierra Veterinary Clinic, wanted to be a vet since he was 3 years old. He loves his job.

His wife, Marianne, is going to school part-time to become an elementary school teacher and hopes to work full-time when their children are grown. She is currently employed at a work-experience program through Delta College called Americore Tutoring Children in Reading.

The couple served as foster parents in Arizona for more than four years and have adopted two children.

Billy is 14 and lives in a therapeutic group home in Modesto. Michelle is 11 and attends River Oaks Charter School.

Stephen, 13, attends Morada Middle School.

Ben, 12, and will be going to Elkhorn School in the fall.

Kelli, 10 this month, attends Live Oak School.

The couple met at Carls’ Jr. on Pacific Avenue in Stockton, where Marianne was the store manager and John was a crew leader. His first words to her were, “I can’t work on Sundays,” Marianne said laughing.

“My father kept teasing me. I think he knew before I did that we were a couple. John says I was such a good boss that he married me.”

They married in the LDS Oakland Temple in September of 1987.

The family enjoys camping, and loves to take walks with their dogs on Sunday afternoons. They enjoy their children’ soccer games and swimming, and are excited about their first trip to Great America this summer.

Ancestors of note: “John has illegitimate royal blood in him,” Marianne said. “King Richard I had a mistress who had a son who is a direct ancestor of John’s.”

Marianne’s grandparents immigrated from Greece.

Best cook: Marianne claims the honor, and said her favorite dish to make is lasagna.

“John also enjoys my cherry pie. It was one of the things I cooked when he came for dinner on one of our dates. I think I won him over with my cherry pie.”

Pets: Marianne lists the family’s menagerie: Two long-haired dachshunds, five cats, two rabbits, two rats, four box turtles, and an assortment of tropical fish. Their 5-acre farm is home to three cattle, a horse, 10 chickens and seven goats.

“As you can see, we love animals,” Marianne said.

They have begun a business raising South African Boer meat goats and are busy reinforcing their fences to bring home a 200-pound buck named Storm they just purchased.

Best family feature of Lodi: “We lived six years in Arizona where there is not a lot of grass, so we really appreciate the green parks and vegetation here. We really love the Micke Grove Zoo and Park complex. We have an annual membership there which is utilized a lot.”

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

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