Donald enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. After completing basic training in Texas he was stationed in Great Falls. He met his wife, Virginia on a blind double date. They married August 18, 1957 in Great Falls. He was stationed in various places around the world. With much pride, he enjoyed being a mechanic on the YF12A test plane at Edwards AFB, Calif.
In 1973, Donald retired from the Air Force and moved to Plains. He worked at the Diehl Mill, the city of Plains as a maintenance worker, and the Sanders County Road Department. Don was a life member of Horse Plains VFW Post #3596 and the American Legion Post 426 of Wendell. Minn. He was also past Post Commander of the VFW Post #3596. He enjoyed working on model planes, reading military history, and following his grandchildren with their activities.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia of 58 years. He has one son, Henry Brown, and two daughters, Norma Cole (Wayne) and Karen Pickering (Paul) who reside in Plains. The pride of his life was his grandchildren, Falon Albertson (Aaron), Curtis Pickering, Scott Pickering and Nathan Cole, and two great-grandchildren, Cole and Jordyn Albertson. He has two brothers, Lyle (Mary Ann) Brown and Lee (Marie) Brown and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Sat., May 9 at 11 a.m. at the Plains Cemetery. Any memorials may be made to the Plains VFW.