Mission Preservation Foundation

Don Dorkowski
Managing General Partner, Dondee Company LLC

Don Dorkowski

Don Dorkowski

Dorkowski has had a varied and comprehensive professional career and has been an active philanthropist. He simultaneously worked as a high school teacher for 35 years, helped run the family business (Dondee Company LLC) and was a football referee for 44 years, including 25 in the National Football League. He has been a community leader for decades and has been involved with Mission Regional Hospital, Best Friends Animal Society, Homefront America, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Juvenile Diabetes, among others.

He also is entering his third year as Chief of the Noble Vikings of Orange County, a charity-based organization that packs 1,400 boxes of food for needy families at Christmas time.

“It is quite an honor,” Dorkowski said of his being named to the Board. “I see the names of the people on the Board and I’m in awe, I can’t believe my name is there with them.”

Dorkowski grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and moved to Southern California in 1956. He graduated from Pius X High School in Downey, Cal State L.A. (BA) and Azusa Pacific University (MA). He lives in Laguna Hills with wife Carol, and the couple has two children and one grandchild.

“We moved here 14 years ago from the San Gabriel Valley, and they have the mission there in San Gabriel, but it doesn’t compare to this one. We’ve been caught up in the lore and the love of this place, and we’ve been financial supporters ever since.”