|Special Valentineís Day in store for Plaisteds
Jimís not telling what heíll do, but it will be big
No, don’t worry, Jim Plaisted’s not going to tell what he bought his wife, Millie, for Valentine’s Day. It’s a secret. So is his 41st wedding anniversary present to Millie coming up in a few months.
It’s no secret both Jim and Millie have been members of Actors Theater for Children based in Santa Rosa for nearly 20 years, taking on managing the productions, acting, directing, creating costumes, set designs and whatever needs continually arise in community theater shows.
They’ve done this while raising a family during the time Jim spent 12 years on RP’s Parks and Recreation Commission, working in concrete construction and living in their Circle Drive home they bought just before their marriage on May 27, 1972, where they’re still living.
No secrets there. But we’re getting ahead of the story.
“Yeah, I was born in Boston, but we moved to a little town near Akron, Ohio,” he remembers.
“Went to schools there and joined the Army in 1966. Had tours as a sergeant to Vietnam, Ethiopia, and then they sent me to an army base in Two Rock near Petaluma before the Coast Guard took it over. I spent six months here then I retired.”
Memorable date in this time period was when Jim Plaisted dropped in at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa for a drink at the bar and became acquainted with a young woman named Millie Moraga.
“Oh, yes, I remember,” Millie smiled. “We met, and well, you know how these things happen.
”I was working as a checkout clerk in Sissa’s Supermarket on Southwest Boulevard where 49er Pet Supply is now, and the Public Safety fire trucks and police cars were just a block to the east. I was at a retail clerk’s union meeting at the Flamingo.”
Millie had to go to Fircrest Market in Sebastopol and fill out some union documents and met store manager Ken Wallahan.
He spotted her talents and hired her on the spot. Sissa’s later became Purity and then A&B market in her absence.
Millie Moraga was born and raised in the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo area before moving to Sonoma County.
Both helped organize slow pitch women’s softball league teams in Rohnert Park. They were valuable allies with the city’s recreation department in maintaining outdoor playing fields – from mowing grass, raking softball diamonds and laying down chalk lines for base paths.
“I went back to Ohio for a year before I met Millie, but I couldn’t stay,” said Jim. “How could I after six months in Sonoma County and especially after meeting Millie?”
The Plaisteds have four adult children, Don, Cheri, Michele and Renay. Most of them are living in Sonoma County along with six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“At the children’s theater, I’m directing our new production of “Wind in the Willows,” opening soon,” he said.
“Yes, and I have a role in the play, and don’t forget, Cheri’s helping us out by sewing the costumes and helping us out with set designs,” Millie added.