it was good to see the depth of Don's influence at his memorial. The military did a great job, and at least one person in the circle commented on how many skydiving lives Don touched. If you did AFF (either as a student or an instructor) Don was almost certainly involved in your training, your instructor's training or the training of your instructor's instructor.
He'll be missed for sure, and a huge thanks to Marat for letting me use the pics.
Jan 22, 2006, 5:14 PM
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Aahhhhhh .. The old ones are fading fast.
I was out of the country and away from dropzone.com when I heard about this, so I guess there's nothing to do for it now but tell a jump story ..
I met Don in 1976, he found me sleeping in his bed.
I happened to be in Fort Bragg for a few weeks as a civilian consultant.
You could tell I was a civilian because I had long red hair and a great big red beard and my clothes were kind of rainbow colored instead of olive drab.
To the army guys I probably looked like something out of a Hollywood viking movie.
It was unclear where I was supposed to be staying but after while one of the Golden Knights, Al Navarro, said hey one of the guys where I live is out in the field for a couple weeks and you can stay in his room.
So OK, as a jumper I had slept in a lot of unlikely places already and anyway, I was more focused on what I was doing there than the logistics and accomodations.
And of course he came home a few days early.
I'm a little hazy about exactly what happened, it was the middle of the night and we, the people I was working with, may have had a few beers earlier to help us debrief and plan for the next day.
But he didn't kill me, and we'd laugh about it when we'd cross paths over the years.
He may have had a few sharp corners in his personality, I have a short fuse myself with some of the stuff I see people doing, but he was a good guy.
Jun 9, 2007, 9:02 PM
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I remember Don well. He was and always will be one of the most wonderful men in skydiving I've known. I had problems with stability in Palatka when on static line in 1983. He recommended AFF. Did it, no problem thereafter. He reached me psychologically, explained technically, calmed me down.
We did 8 ways out of two Cessna 182's many times. Got my SCR and SCS because of Don. I remember he could track like a bandit if I ever did see one!