Don was raised in Wyoming, but in 1987, he said goodbye to the snow shovels and moved his young family of three to Phoenix. They settled in the Ahwatukee Foothills area. His wife, Christine, taught elementary school in the 3rd grade during Don’s graduate studies, and has been a lifetime teacher since. During the past 31 years, Don and Christine have raised their four children here, each attending public schools in the Ahwatukee Foothills area. All four children, Matt, Mark, Sarah and Catherine, graduated from college, and have seven college degrees between them.
Don currently operates a small business in Tempe, a law firm where he has to meet a payroll, review profits and loss statements, and make his law practice work for those he employs. Upon first moving to Arizona in 1987, Don worked as a Law Clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals, and then later was an Honor’s Attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. He also taught college level classes for four years during this time period. In 1996, Don went into private practice and has represented various real estate and bankruptcy clients. He has been involved in legal professional organizations including the Arizona State Bar and the International Conference of Shopping Centers, serving on task forces there. He teaches continuing legal education classes and also is a frequently guest lecturer at the Arizona School of Real Estate. He is the past Chairman of Greater Phoenix Chapter, J. Reuben Clark Law Society. He has been a mentor at ASU Law School and been involved in various scholarship and other programs there. He is the former chairman of the Salt River District for Boy Scouts of America, which is an area the size of Tempe Union High School District. He currently sits on the Board for approving Eagle Candidates for the Salt River District and has taught over 1,000 young men the Communications Merit Badge during the past 10 years. He also currently is Barrister in the American Inn of Courts and serves as a mentor to younger lawyers through that organization.
Esther Bathsheba Wright Fletcher was born in Massachusetts in 1823 and later sought a better life with her husband, Francis, out in the Western Territories. When Francis died expectantly leaving Ester with a young family, Esther took on the profession of teaching to support herself and her family. Over the next 25 plus years, Esther was an extraordinary frontier teacher, having a great impact on many students. She is my great, great Grandmother, and started a long line of teachers in the Fletcher family. My grandfather, John “Jack” Fletcher, attended Beaver Normal School and earned his teaching certificate in the early 1900’s. Jack was Esther’s grandson. Jack met Mae Henderson, another teacher, and they were married. In my youth, Grandma Fletcher always stressed the value of a good education, and for us grandchildren, that meant that our birthday gifts were almost always a good book to read. My mother also was involved with education, and worked several years as a teacher’s aide. Today, my brother is a high school wood shop teacher, and head of the Vocational Education Program at his high school. My wife is a teacher, and has taught in the elementary grade levels for many years. I also have taught at a community college level, teaching paralegal students.