Donald J. Paton '67
Donald J. Paton was part of the first class to graduate from Grand Valley in 1967, known as the Pioneer Class. He was elected the first class president and has continued to stay involved after graduation, and has served on countless alumni boards and committees, including serving as the Alumni Association President for 5 years. He and his wife Diane, also a Pioneer Class alum, wanted to leave their legacy at the university and establish the importance of giving back. They have initiated three scholarships at GVSU.
After graduating from Grand Valley, Don attended Western Michigan University for graduate classes in education. He taught American History, Government, and Economics at Coopersville High School for 10 years.
In 1992, Don and his business partner established a web-based company called Datacomp Appraisal Systems. Datacomp is the nation’s largest internet provider of manufactured and mobile home value reports, price information, appraisal reports and inspections. Don retired as Executive Vice President in 2004. He has also been involved in the insurance, medical, real estate, eldercare, and manufactured housing industries.
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