Jack Jefford was born in 1910 in Broken Bow, Nebraska while Ruth Jefford was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1914. Jack learned to fly in 1931, first moving to Alaska and flying for Mirow Air Service in 1937. He joined the CAA in 1940 as Chief Pilot. He and Ruth were married in 1970, forming Valley Air Transport together in 1971. Jack passed away in 1979. Ruth learned to fly in 1937, moving to Alaska in 1941. She co-founded the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra in 1946. Her last solo flight was in 1996, and she passed away in 2007.