Born in St. Johns
Lived in St. Johns, Tucson, Phoenix
Graduate of University of Arizona
(Stewart Lee Udall 1920.01.31-
) Secretary of Interior, Congressman, lawyer.
Udall was born and grew up in St. Johns, a rural Arizona community near
the New Mexico border which was founded by a group of Mormons lead by his
grandfather. He attended the University of Arizona but his studies
were interrupted for service first as a Mormon missionary in New York and
Pennsylvania for two years, and then as a gunner in the U.S. Army Air
Corps during World War II.
Lives in Summerhaven
Original Mouseketeer, lodge owner.
Don was one of the 39 original Mouseketeers. The
Mouseketeers, you will recall, populated Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse
Club, which ran on ABC Television from 1955 to 1959. If you
remember the Mouseketeers, you might not remember Don, but surely you
remember his lifelong friend from the club, Annette Funicello (1942-
Annette was the stand-out Mouseketeer, and went on to went on
to major parts in Disney movies like The Shaggy Dog (1959) and Babes
in Toyland (1961) as well as a seemingly endless number of "beach
blanket" movies where she was often paired with Frankie Avalon.
In 1987 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has since eschewed
Don moved to the village of Summerhaven, on Mt. Lemon in the
Catalina Mountains. The village is 6000 feet above, and 25 miles
northeast of Tucson. There he purchased the Alpine Lodge, which
caters to skiers in the winter and those seeking to get away from the
desert heat in the summer. The lodge was built in 1962, and was the
largest building in the village of Summerhaven. In 2003, the
community had about 500 homes and cabins, and about 100 year round
On June 22, 2003, half of the village was destroyed by a
forest fire in one of the single most destructive days in Arizona history.
Not knowing which structures might have survived, Don and other residents
vowed to rebuild.