Senator Don Gustavson was born in Culver City, CA where he graduated from Culver City High School. After attending Santa Monica Junior College, he moved to Northern Nevada and attended Western Nevada College.
Don was general manager of a real estate investment company for several years after which Don went back to being a professional driver. Besides working and raising a family, Don became involved in the formation of the Northern Nevada Teen Challenge home for troubled teenage boys and was its founding chairman. He also served two terms as president of the Highland Ranch Homeowners’ Association.
Don is now retired and resides in Sparks, NV with his wife Cathy. Together, they have five children and nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Don remains affiliated with several organizations including the Carson City Railroad Association, the Northern Nevada Garden Railroad Society, the National Rifle Association, and Gun Owners of America, and is a recipient of awards from the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross for his advocacy and involvement with their issues.