Don grew up on a cattle ranch and proved to be a person who kept his word at an early age. He shod his own horse at the age of 10, and became an extraordinary horse shoer with the ability to calm and handle nervous and unruly horses. He taught the skill at Weber State College for 16 years.
He was also the Intermountain Golden Gloves welterweight champion in 1953, and boxed in exhibition bouts with Gene Fulmer and others.
Don was a well-known, award winning cowboy poet who performed throughout the west and won many awards for his expertise in telling a story through poetry. Don is now deceased but will always be remembered.