Student, United States Armed Forces Institute, 1970. Bachelor of Science, Colorado Christian University, 1997.
Disc. jockey, producer, Station WAYN Inc., Rockingham, North Carolina, 1970-1971; senior sales executive, F.W. Means & Company, Inc., Akron, Cleveland, 1972-1974; instructor karate, Karate Institute/Pro-Am Studios, Raeford, North Carolina, Akron, Ohio., 1972-1975; author, writer, director, Don Bendell Inc., Cañon City, Colorado, since 1982. Chief Executive Officer/COB Samurai Martial Arts Corporation, since 1996.
Captain United States Army, 1966-1970. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars (post 4061, life), American Indian Registry for Performing Arts (national advisory board since 1985), Directory American Poets and Fiction Writers, International Martial Arts Council (midwest director since 1980, United States of America director 1994), Royal Gorge Rodeo Association, Special Forces Association, United States Judo Association (life), United States Jujitsu Association (life).
Married Linda Edith Liles, April 13, 1968 (divorced October 1979). Children: Jennifer Brooke, Brenna Alexandra, Justis Britton. Married Shirley Ann Ebert, September 6, 1981.
Adopted children: Donald Ray Junior, Brent, Josh.