Don graduated from Hector High School in 1982. He also graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1988, with a degree in Mortuary Science. Don returned to Hector and worked for his parents’ family funeral business. He served the communities as a Mortician and volunteered as an EMT and Fire Fighter. Don sold the family funeral business to the Hantge family in December, 2010. Don and his wife Tammy and his stepson Derak live in Hector. He enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, golf, and riding motorcycle.