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July 7, 2014
I'm long gone from Got.Net. Worked there about 14 years ago now. It was my first job in the IT industry and the start of a fulfilling and lucrative career that continues today.

I just found out about Don's passing, and I was stunned. At first by the news (he was far too young), and then by the depth of sadness I felt. He was a good man as all of you know, but I honestly talked with him maybe a total of three times in the last decade. I asked myself, why is his passing affecting me so profoundly?

I had to talk about it with my wife before I could figure it out.

Don gave me my start, as I mentioned, and I remember that interview like it was yesterday. He told me point blank that I basically had zero marketable IT skills on my resume but that Got.Net was looking for people who were hungry. I'm starving, I told him. I remember he smiled a little at that. Well, Got.Net is a company geared toward training new talent, he said. We can start you at $9 an hour and see how it goes.

There were no IT degree programs back then. There were computer science programs--which I had neither the head for nor any interest in--but nothing purely IT. I was six years into a two year literature degree at Cabrillo, and an opportunity like this was really my _only_ opportunity for a better life. Don took a chance on me, as he did for many people like me, and because of that my children will have a significantly better start in life than they would have otherwise.

And I think that's why I'm so saddened by his passing. When it's all said and done, Don was a force for good in this world. He found a way to use what he had to give people a leg up. The world needs more people like that, not fewer.

The only solace I, and I hope his family and friends, can take from this is that he lived. And by living the way that he did he inspired in me and the many others he helped to carry on his tradition of helping people, of using what we have to give people a chance to work hard and better their lives in the process.

I'll never forget you or what you did for me and my family, Don. Thank you.
July 5, 2014
I just found out that Don has passed. I'm shocked and taken aback.

Though I never spent a lot of time with Don, I felt like he was one of those kindred souls and spirits. I first met Don in the beginning when got.net started up and would come to speak with him from time to time over the ensuing years.

You will be missed Don....

Vernon Bohr...aka...VernonVernonVernon...Vcubed
May 20, 2014
Very sorry about your loss. I knew Don from working with Got.net. He was always a great guy and I am going to miss him!
May 4, 2014
Fredrickson Family..so sorry for your loss

Ray & Gail Loretta
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