Donald was born and raised in Chaffee, graduating from Chaffee High School in 1989. He left Chaffee immediately after high school to join the United States Army, serving in the 101st Airborne Division from 1990-1993. While in the Army, Donald attended Austin Peay State University at night and on the weekends to earn his first Associate degree in Police Administration. After his active duty service obligation was completed, Donald then returned to live in Scott City and joined the Missouri Army National Guard.
In 2015, after receiving his 20-year letter, Donald retired from the U.S. Army and entered Southern Illinois University School of Law. During his time in law school, Donald began a program to assist veterans coming from active duty entering law school by guiding veterans through the heavy details of all things associated with the Veterans Administration. Donald also became a member the SIU Law Veterans’ Clinic, assisting veterans in the community at large with VA benefit appeals and DD214 upgrades. Donald served two summer internships with the Stoddard County Prosecutor’s Office, learning the skill of legal writing from some of the area’s best.
Once he passed the Missouri Bar Exam, Donald began his practice with Moss and Cobb in Cape Girardeau and has continued to be a leader in his community. Donald is a deacon of the Illmo Baptist Church in Scott City, where he teaches a Sunday school class and he and his family attend. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and recently became a member of the Gideons’ International Ministry.
In his free time, Donald is an avid reader with a collection of books from his many travels. Donald has been married to Teresa Taylor Cobb of Delta since 1990 and they have three children: Joshua, Caleb, and Ruth.