Donald was a Culter lad, with three brothers and a sister. From a young age he had an interest in motorbikes and that was the start of a lifelong passion.

He spent 50 years with his wife Susan, and they had two children, John and Kim.

Donald was known for not taking life too seriously, making up words and embracing the Doric dialect.

He could also fix anything. Nothing even beat him, he literally turned his hand to anything and always completed things to the highest of standards.