When Ron and I help start the R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) in 1983, of which I was elected secretary and now am the Executive Director, Don was member #1 and still holds this position. As the wife of a steel player, I am in contact with Don and Miss Hazel very often. Through all these years, Don has not only become one of my dearest friends, but I am totally in awe of his playing and his many accomplishments along with his unforgettable contributions to the steel guitar and music world. He set the standards for steel guitar players to follow for many years to come. He is one of the finest and most honorable gentlemen I have ever known and I regard his friendship a valuable treasure. He truly is a musical and personal treasure!!