Gary Grimes II met Jackie Rieser while attending a fifth year of high school at Western Reserve in Dayton, Ohio, in preparation for entry into the United States Naval Academy.
Grimes grew up on Lido Isle, the son of Sharon and Gary Grimes. He attended Newport Harbor High School prior to heading east.
Jackie knew almost at first sight that Gary was her guy. At 17, she told her father, Harvard-educated attorney John Rieser, of Dayton, "I'm going to marry this boy."
Nine years later, on Dec. 30, 2010, Gary Grimes II, a 2007 graduate of the Naval Academy assigned as the training officer on the U.S.S. Blue Ridge Command Ship for the 7th Fleet, married Jackie Rieser in an elopement on the beach in Honolulu. Jackie, a 2009 graduate of Ohio State University fluent in multiple languages, including Chinese, is an analyst working for the federal government in Washington, D.C.