Don, who is of retirement age but like Jack Benny will never profess to be older than 39, is still a very hard worker in his position of silverware roller and table setter at Pasta Pomodoro in Novato. Don has also worked at Fresh Choice and Golden Gate Transit in the past with support from PDS. Don really enjoys having a part time job where he can earn his own spending money.
Don, a native of Kansas City Missouri, moved to Marin when his mother passed away. Don had been her companion and helper. They liked going to church together and he helped her with her shopping. He had been visiting his brother and sister-in-law in San Rafael since the 70s and was excited to move here in 1991. Don also enjoys spending time with his nephew Rob and his wife Tracy-and he is extremely proud of his little niece, Taylor. Sometimes Don's relatives take him to the horse races and on road trips to Portland Oregon.
When asked what he likes about PDS, Don said "Working!" When asked what else is good about PDS he said, "Ball games, banking with staff and talking with Corinne." We like serving Don because of his sense of humor and great attitude. He always shows his appreciation for us when he tells us, "Thank you for a lovely day". Thank YOU Don!
UPDATE: In April of 2010 Don passed away after a battle with cancer. Don was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and was gracious and polite right up until the last hours of his death. We will never forget Don's sense of humor (all those jokes about fancy cars, booze and food, funny racehorse names etc.) or his chuckle. His zest for life never ceased, and just a week before his death he took the time to come visit us at our new office in San Anselmo, enjoyed shrimp bisque at a cafe in the sunshine. Don really was a pleasure and an inspiration.