Don Packard is a 18-year resident of Prescott Valley. He was raised on a farm in northern Missouri. Joining the Air Force in 1961, he served 20 years with service in numerous stations, stateside and abroad. After retiring in 1981, (MSG Ret), Don spent 20 years working in the telecommunications industry in Alaska, and Atlanta, GA.
Moving to Arizona in 2000, Don continued to work for AT&T Wireless as a Battery Plant Engineer until he was offered either a move or a retirement in 2002. Choosing the retirement option, Don then had an opportunity to work locally as a Congressional liaison until he retired again in December 2008.
Since his retirement, Don has devoted his energy to volunteerism. He has been the Wednesday morning information desk/escort volunteer at the Prescott VA Hospital for 20 years, giving more than 5,000 hours. He and his two certified therapy dogs, Jake and Sailor, visit patients and staff at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, the VA Hospital, Good Samaritan, and Family Home Hospice folks. Don has volunteered with the Town’s Good Works program, graduated from the second class of the Citizens Academy and has served on the Municipal Property Commission since 2012.
Don is a life member of the VFW (Vietnam, 1966). He served on the VA Hospital Veteran Training Committee. He is a member of the PV Chamber of Commerce, the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation, serves on the Board of the Prescott Valley Historical Society and is an Usher and member of St. Germaine’s Parish.
As a councilmember, Don's goal is to keep Prescott Valley moving forward in a positive direction.