Don was born and raised in the Manchester area. He graduate with BA from Central College in 1970, MA in 1973 and further work at University of Iowa. He taught high school social studies for 36 years at Benton Community Schools. He was involved with guidance and Student Services at Benton, as well. He served as an adjunct professor in Psychology at Kirkwood Community College 2003-2019. Don was an original board member and President of the Iowa and Benton County FCRB form its inception in 1997. He received the Iowa FCRB Member of the Year in 2015. Don is also involved with Local Lions (Past President and Board member), Virginia Gay Hospital Foundation President, Local Church Board and Trustee President, long time (37 years) Executive Secretary of the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association, serves on the National NOCAD Board (Secretary), NHSBCA Board, and National Advisory Board of Coaches vs Cancer.