Born in Sardis, Mississippi; Donald. R. Griffin was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After high school he joined the Missouri Air National Guard and activated into the United States Air Force gaining the rank of Technical Sergeant during the Korean War. He attained crew chief on the famous Mustang P-51 and later became Flight Engineer on the B-26 Marauder.
After his military career, he went through the ranks of Mortgage Officer to Executive Vice President for St. Louis, Missouri and Dallas, Texas banks. Don retired from his ownership of Griffin Financial Corporation to become active in political affairs as Executive Vice President of Missouri Republican Assembly and delegate to the National Presidential Convention.
He also hosted a daily talk radio show for years in St. Louis that featured many JBS members and other patriots. He and his loving wife Joann have two children and two grandchildren.