Don was a graduate of ASU with a degree in journalism. He worked at KAET, Channel 8, in its early days and was a well-known organist in the Phoenix area playing at many restaurants and lounges. He served in the U.S. Army as a chaplain's assistant and organist stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. After returning to civilian life he worked as an automobile insurance claims adjuster in Palm Desert, CA. Don then moved to Tucson to work as a deputy for the Pima County Sheriff's Office until retirement. He continued to play in dance bands, combos, and as a solo organist. His specialty was finding obscure pieces of music and stumping the listeners. He played for VOTS meetings numerous times at many venues. The last several years he has played the Wurlitzer before shows at the prestigious El Paso Film Festival in Texas.
Don at the console in 1965