(12-10-1914 to 09-04-11)
Passed away peacefully in San Diego, CA at the age of 96. Don was born in Frankfurt, Indiana. His parents, Nellie June Coverdale Park and Joseph Milton Park, relocated to Glendale, California several years later, where his father became Labor Editor of the
During the Depression, Don dug ditches, then joined the Merchant Marine after high school and sailed west. Upon returning to Glendale he received his Associates Degree in Philosophy and English at Glendale College. He met his partner for life, Mary Katherine Vandiver, while consuming a candy bar and soft drink early in the morning. She was aghast but married him anyway on April 24th 1937. They shared 69 years together.
Don went to work for Los Angeles Merchant and Manufactures Association where he honed his public relations and sales career skills. Prior to
With the war's arrival, Don was sent to Harvard and Princeton where he received his commission as an Ensign with communications and intelligence specialties. Following Florida training, he was deployed to the South Pacific in
Don was recalled to active duty during the Cuban missile crisis, and remained in the Naval Reserve for a total of 24 years, ultimately achieving the rank of Commander. Returning to Glendale, he again worked for the Merchants and Manufacturers Association where his sales career flourished. Don & Mary built their first home in Glendale, and shortly afterwards he joined KIEV 870 AM on the radio dial, where he worked until 1955. They relocated to La Canada and built their second home. He joined the
Retiring from CBS in 1985, Don continued to do advertising consulting work. His Navy medals and campaign awards included the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, American Campaign, American Defense, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Navy Service Medal (20 years), Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon and Philippine Liberation Award.