Don Blakemore taught at the teachers training college in Lopburi
for two years.
While in the Peace Corps he met Marilyn Senese from Thai 29 who
was teaching in Ayuttaya
Upon completion of service Marilyn and Don took a year off traveling
to Malaysia, Indonesia, Bali, and India. They even spent 6 months
in Laos teaching.
They flew back to the States in 1972 and were married in Monterrey,
Don started working as a carpenter there. During that time Brian
Francis came out and joined him in the construction business.
In 1973 Marilyn was accepted to graduate school at the University
Don and Marilyn packed up and headed for the islands.
While Marilyn pursued her education, Don continued to work in the
In 1975 their daughter, Dana, was born.
Marilyn and Don eventually divorced after 12 years of marriage and
Marilyn returned to the mainland. They stay in touch and have remained
Meanwhile, Don stayed on in Hawaii where he has been for the last
He is currently construction supervisor for
Sunrise Construction, a builder of residential townhouses. He
has worked with them since 1991
Their daughter , Dana, is a teacher of 4th grade at UCLA. Don says
he will soon be a grandfather!