Back in 2014, friends of the Jacksons, knowing that Breta was a gourd artist, persuaded them that they needed to come out from Omaha to visit Arizona. The Jacksons called around and found a month-long rental at The Resort.
You know what happened next: They came to The Resort for a month. The next year they came back for two months… and they ended up buying a place.
Not only have they been back every winter, they’re now contemplating becoming year-rounders. As Denny sais, “I didn’t know if I’d like the desert, but I fell in love. It has its own beauty.” And Breta added, “There are great people at The Resort – we’ve met special friends there.”
“JOINED AT THE HIP”
But let’s back up. Both Denny and Breta are originally from Iowa and that’s where they met. Denny recalled that first meeting: “ I was going to college at Northern Iowa and like a lot of people in college, we used to drink a little beer. Every Tuesday my roommates and I had a party. During one of those parties, Breta walked in with the fullback of the football team. I thought to myself, ‘Oh. My. God.’ And I spent the next week hoping she’d come back to the next party, and he wouldn’t.” That’s just what happened. As Breta put it, “We’ve been joined at the hip ever since.”
Denny went on to get a degree in Education and taught school for five years while Breta worked for an insurance agency before the pair had three children. They decided they didn’t want to scrape by on a teacher’s salary, so when Denny’s dad decided to retire and sell his bowling pro shop, Denny and Breta bought it. For the next twenty years they worked together, wholesaling and retailing bowling equipment. They did a lot of bowling along the way — so much so that Denny joined the Senior Pro Bowling Tour and competed around the country. (The highlight of his time on tour was setting a PBA record: a 249 average on a ten-game block. He was also inducted into Nebraska’s Bowling Hall of Fame and both Denny and Breta are in Omaha’s Bowling Hall of Fame.)
(The photo below was taken in their business, Midwest Bowling & Billiard Supply.)