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With grit and determination, Odoms adjust to a new life

John Odom could almost touch the balmy air of retirement. Only six more weeks, and he and his wife, Karen, would be free to travel with friends, golf, remodel their condo in the California desert, and spend more time with their eight grandchildren.

High school sweethearts, the Odoms have been married nearly 46 years. They live in Redondo Beach and John is the chairman of Murray Co., well-known mechanical contractors.

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