AAHMES 105th POTENTATE
Don was born on 7/15/1942 and is married to Theresa Marie Markert with 4 children.
He holds an A.S. Degree in Fire Science – Diablo Valley College, is a Graduate of CA. State Fire Academy – Fire Administration and did post graduate studies at the University of Santa Clara at ASILOMAR, CA.
Don was the fire chief and administrator from 1963 to 1990 for the Kensington fire district in Contra Costa County, before moving to a position as the director of safety compliance from 1991 to 2005 for the Golden Gate Fields horse racing facility in Albany, Ca.
Don has been a member of the AAHMES Shrine since 2011, served as Chaplain in 2013, and is a member of the Past Masters Unit, Contra Costa Shrine Club, Aahmes Golf Club, and is a Clown Unit Associate.
Don also has the following Fraternal associations:
MASONIC LODGE F. & A.M. – Members for 50 years
Bay Cities Lodge #337, Richmond 2006 to Present. Consolidated with El Cerrito –Albany Lodge in 2006, Member since 1963 – Past Master 2003, 2004, 2005
SCOTTISH RITE VALLEY OF OAKLAND – 1982 to the present
YORK RITE BODIES = Member 2010 to the present
VISTA CERRITO CHAPTER #178 OES
Worthy Patron 2007 & 2014
DEMLOLAY – 50 year member, Master Councilor 1961, Chevalier Degree 1962
Don has served as the California Order of the Eastern Star Chairman: Fiesta 2009 Senior Living Community, Safety Committee 2010-2011, Group Chairman 2011-2015 For State Grand Chapter Meetings, and Past President and Trustee for Eastern Star Homes of CA., 2009 to present.
His youth service includes:
Board Co-Chairman San Pablo Assembly of Rainbow for Girls 10 years to 2009
Floor Guard at Grand Assembly Sessions Fresno, CA. 2005 2013.
Decoration Committee for Grand Assembly 2000 to 2013.
Don belongs to the following community organizations:
El Cerrito Rotary Club – 1965-1989 – President 1981
Kensington North Berkeley Rotary Club President 1991
Contra Costa Fire Chiefs Assn. – President 1972
California Fire Chiefs Assn. 1963-1993
California Fire Investgators Assn. 1965 – 1973