Donald Whitman was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. After graduating college with a degree in business he spent three years with the U.S. General Accounting Office, assigned to the NASA Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He then began a career in real estate re-development and management, with re-building projects including six story hotels and large apartment communities as well as single family homes.
He has been married to Barbara for forty years. They have two married daughters, and five grand- children. He is active in his community where he served five years on the Board of Directors for a nationally acclaimed water authority and in his church, where he is an elder and teaches Sunday school. His hobbies include water skiing and swimming and he does one or the other three or four times a week.