Wood Carver, Volunteer, and Family Man

Don D.

Rocky Flats Plant | 1962-1992 | Multi-Craft Foreman & Pipefitter

After joining the Army Reserves right out of high school, Don spent 30 years of his life working at Rocky Flats in Colorado and has since been retired for close to 30 years. During his time at Rocky Flats, Don worked as a laborer, a chemical operator, material analyst, pipefitter, and a multi-craft foreman. Of all the positions he held, he said being a pipefitter was his favorite and the most rewarding. Despite the health conditions he developed from working at Rocky Flats, Don really enjoyed his years working at the plant and especially working with many amazing and inspiring people.

Following his retirement, Don has spent his years organizing a variety of retiree breakfasts for fellow nuclear weapons workers in the state of Colorado. In addition, he has spent over 20 years volunteering at the National Archives Research Association (NARA) where he helps others discover their family history.

Don also enjoys spending time with his wife Jeanette, and their three children and six grandchildren. His hobbies include wood carving and researching his own genealogy. He loves helping others and continuing to stay as active as possible. Being a part of a local retiree breakfast group is something Don recommends for other workers so they can stay connected with former colleagues.

Don specializes in carving old world Santas and custom requests. He sells his art at two local craft fairs annually. In 2019, he sold 75 carved pieces. He is working hard to replace those in preparation for the 2021 craft fairs!