Don Webb was born in a small town in southwestern Kansas. By the time he graduated from high school, he'd lived in five different states.
He's been married for
37 years to his bride, Margie. The couple met while they were both working for Kmart in Montclair. She was a clerk, and he was head of security. Webb said he spent hours watching her with binoculars from one of the security windows. They got married in 1975 in a little country-type church.
They moved to Hesperia in 1981 to get their daughter out of the Pomona schools. They built their dream home and have been there ever since.
"I really like being involved in my family and will do anything for them," Webb said.
In June 1985, Webb became a member of the Hesperia Recreation and Park District Foundation. In 2012, Webb is still with the district as a recreation supervisor.
Q: What do people not know about your job?
A: How we all work together as a team for the people of Hesperia.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: The people I meet.
Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: I want to fish a Pro/Am Bass tournament.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?
A: Although I don't think I have done anything great, I am proud to have been involved in a lot of the changes that have happened in Hesperia.
Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?
A: Fishing somewhere south of Baja.
Q: What makes you tick?
A: Life is serious. You can worry about life but you can laugh about almost anything else. I love to make people smile. I am a smart-alecky type of person, always looking for the joke or the laugh. If I can make people smile for a little while, I will.
Q: What is the source of your values?
A: A midwest upbringing with solid morals, respect and appreciation for others.
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My father he taught me values through his lifestyle and always being there for me whether I was right or wrong.
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: "Once may be an accident, twice is coincidence and three times is enemy action." James Bond
Q: Tell us about your belief system.
A: In 1998, due to a birth defect, I had to have an artificial heart valve implanted. I spent 13 hours in a dark place with a light at either end. It was the most peaceful, restful and beautiful feeling I have ever had. I saw some things that I still don't know if they were real or not. I'm not going to question what I saw, but any doubt I may have had about God no longer exists. Since then I look at things different, little things that would upset some people just are no longer important to me. I am not going to waste my time listening to people complain. We need to look at things in the overall picture of life.
Q: What motivates you?
A: The desire to always be able to help and provide for my family.
Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: That would be a good question for my parents. They are 87 and 85, been married over 64 years and still look at each other as young lovers might.
Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: I am proud of my family, my years with the Park District and my friends.
Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: Strange book called "The Ant Farm." A young person had an ant farm in a glass case. He watched and learned as the ants developed. He watched how they grouped together for life and support. He watched as the colonies separated. He watched the colonies go to war with each other and he watched as they developed so far they wiped out their own existence. Then it turned out that the Earth was his ant farm.
Q: What are five things you can't live without?
A: My wife, family, friends, fishing and golf.
Q: What words of advice do you have for younger
A: I am sure my grandparents told my parents to learn from their mistakes. My parents told me, I told my daughter and she told my granddaughter. Someday, some generation needs to actually learn from all these mistakes.
Q: What is your passion?
A: To protect our seniors. They dedicated years to all of us and they should be considered a national treasure. If you ever had an adult help you when you were young, it's your time to return the favor.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I like to fish, golf, go to yard sales, take my wife to Vegas and read.
Q: Which three people, living or from history, would you like to have at a dinner party, and why?
A: Mark Twain, George Burns and Ernest Hemingway. It would be hilarious.
Q: What's your favorite movie and why?
A: "Red Dawn." It shows that Americans will never willingly give up their freedom and that if needed, the citizens will themselves protect our country.
Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?
A: I would love to be on the professional bass tour. I wish America could get back to the morals and values I grew up with and I wish every soldier and public safety employee could be home safe with their families tonight.
Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Deep sea fishing.
Q: Tell us about your first car.
A: 1962 Corvair, ugly blue with gold stripes.
Q: What's your favorite sports team and why?
A: Up until recently, it was the New Orleans Saints. I grew up outside New Orleans and always loved the underdogs.
Q: What's the best thing about living in Hesperia?
A: The people.
Q: What is your earliest memory of the city?
A: 1979 before the fire.
Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.
A: So many, all the people I have known. The really good friends I have made. The history I have seen
Q: Tell us about a special vacation.
A: Alaska, fishing salmon in Skagway.
Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.
A: Hesperia Relay for Life. They have such determination and spirit. You are never a stranger when you are with those people.
Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?
A: Casa Delicias.
Q: What new businesses would you like to see come to Hesperia?
A: A really good sporting goods store.
Q: If you could change one thing about Hesperia, what would it be?
A: The traffic.
Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.
A: I was once one of Ollie North's bodyguards.
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