Donald was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 29, 1929. He was the program director for KTVK TV Channel 3 in Phoenix in the early 1960’s. He was elected to serve as president of the Phoenix Chapter president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1961. Don was engaged in 1952, married his wife Helene in 1953 and they had two daughters. They moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1964 where he was the vice-president of KGMB TV Productions. Donald tragically passed away, suddenly after a brief illness, on November 21, 1965, at the age of 36. He was laid to rest in Lake Worth, Florida.