Don was born in 1929 and passed away in 1987. He spent his early years in Ashtabula, Ohio, and then moved to California in 1961, where he lived until he passed away.
He became interested in breeding and showing Dutch at a young age, and was involved with the Dutch Club judging at our major shows and showing all over the country by the time he was twenty-five years old. His Paradise Rabbitry was well-known already when Don moved to California. He became very involved showing Dutch and several other breeds throughout the southwest states as well.
Don was one of the only a few and the the first judge to also judge in England. Don served on the ADRC Board of Directors and judged our National Dutch Shows and Conventions.
In his later life, he made his living with rabbits, not necessarily Dutch, but with White Rex, Champagnes, fur accessories, etc. He also was involved with rabbit importing and exporting to England and to Europe from the west coast. He served on the ARBA All Breed Standard Committee for several years. Don was in his earlier years a Tom Shufflebotham protege and was most proud of this fact.