As an infant, Don was baptized at Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was active in the youth choir and junior ushers. He grew up in a military family and continued the military tradition by serving his country. As a toddler, he showed extraordinary aptitude in art, athletics, modeling, and fashion that eventually led him to pursue a civilian career as a graphic artist and professional building renovator and designer. Throughout his modeling career, Don was comfortable in front of the camera and behind the lens.
Music, cooking, yoga, and travel were great pastimes along with running and working out. Don also enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and especially loved sharing about a good book or movie with his mother or hanging out with his brother. At the urging of a friend, Don moved to Portland and enjoyed the area immensely and greatly enjoyed the artistic vibe. He leaves behind his mother: Eva (Maryland); brother: Ahbleza (Maryland); grandparents: Garland and Jeanor (Oklahoma); nieces: Kyla (Oklahoma), Jasmine (Maryland); nephews: Isaiah (Maryland), and Klaes (Oklahoma); along with a host of other relatives across the United States.
Sadly, Don departed this earth too soon but leaves behind a rich legacy of building designs and artwork throughout the world. He lived life to the fullest and encouraged others to step out of their boundaries and live their dreams. Don recently stated that…
“It has been a joy to deepen and progress. I practice yoga to develop an understanding of the process, values, and energy that are present within this discipline. Yoga is you. Yoga is me. Yoga is all of us. Connected. It is in this sense that yoga is a physical manifestation of mindfulness in practice. Stress release, intentional thought, movement, and meditation have opened new possibilities in life. My mat has become a place of serenity, purpose and exactitude...I try to challenge myself in new ways in new postures of each sequence that I learn and each class that I may take along my travels.” (Don Daniel, September 2020)