Don was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and started his career 41 years ago as a reserve officer for the St. George Police Department while attending Dixie College. Don earned his Associate Degree from Dixie and hired on full time in 1975 when the Utah Board of Regents changed the status of the department from that of a private security agency to a certified campus police department.
Don is a graduate of the Utah Police Academy; has a Bachelor Degree in Police Science and Psychology from Weber State University; a Master Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati; and is a graduate of the University of Utah Law Enforcement Executive Academy. Don is also certified by the University of Utah as a drug and alcohol prevention specialist.
Don’s “first love” was EMS. He was one of the first ten certified ambulance attendants in Washington County prior to becoming a Utah certified EMT Instructor and Course Coordinator and developing the first EMT program at Dixie in 1977. He ran that program for 27 years prior to it’s being incorporated into the Paramedic/Nursing program of today. Don was a certified Field Investigator for the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office for 22 years and taught at the Weber State Police Academy for 18 years; currently teaching a series of Criminal Justice classes DSU.