Jennifer Pilgreen, Deseret News
Brent Aguire, a 1966 graduate of Bonneville High School, lost his class ring more than four decades ago. The ring, which no longer fits his ring finger, was recently returned to him.

OGDEN — Brent Aguirre never gave much thought to his high school class ring until a few months ago.   

"I just wrote it off, totally wrote it off," he said.

The 1966 Bonneville High School graduate only had the ring for six months before it was gone. That was 45 years ago.

Aguirre says he does not know where he lost it, and the man who returned it does not know where he found it.

While the class ring doesn't fit Aguirre's ring finger anymore, he's glad to have it back.

"It's a beautiful ring," he said, spinning the ring on his pinky finger. "I remember mom and dad forked out pretty good money for it."

During his senior year at the Ogden High School, Aguirre's parents bought a class ring for him and one for his twin sister. The 1966 ring is adorned with a chain and anchor: symbols for the Bonneville Lakers. Aguirre's name is inscribed inside in a beautiful cursive script.

But before long, before he had even graduated, it was gone, possibly at the bottom of Pineview Reservoir. "I really thought I lost my ring at Pineview," he said. "That's where I thought I lost it. In the back of my mind, that's where I thought I lost it."

His mother was disappointed. But they moved on and Aguirre graduated from high school.

He's lived a lifetime since then. He went off to fight in Vietnam. He works for the Air Force and moved nine times: from Germany to Korea, and Hawaii to Arizona, before coming full circle back to the Ogden home in which he lived when he graduated.

This past fall, he got an unusual Facebook message from a couple that lives in Sandy.

"They wrote had something that might be of interest to me. They wanted to get a hold of me, and I kind of just ignored it," he said, noting that the first Facebook message did not mention the ring.

"About three weeks later they emailed me back and said they don't know where they got it, but they had a class ring with my name in it," he said.

They exchanged a few more emails and met just after Christmas, so Aguirre could pick up the ring.    

The man who found it doesn't even remember where it was. He was working at the University of Utah at the time. He said his wife discovered it last year in the back of a desk drawer and looked up Aguirre on Facebook. His name is uncommon enough, that she found him quickly.

"It was unbelievable," he said. "I had written it off, and it was hard to believe they actually had my ring."

He just wishes his mother was still around to see it. "It's pretty comforting, I think, especially for my mother," he said with a laugh. "But, it's nice to have it back."

He looked into having the ring resized to fit his ring finger, but discovered that's pretty expensive.  So, he says he'll enjoy it the way it is.

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