Don always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In his young years, he had many jobs, including grave digging, lawn care jobs, and various responsibilities at a local car lot. Don was also a saver. So, while attending Northern Michigan University in Marquette in the 1960s, he was able to buy a few small houses from the University that needed to be moved.
He hired a house mover and soon became a landlord. Not long after, Don bought out that house mover and quickly established DeVooght House Lifters. Don also went on to earn a degree in business and education. Upon graduating from college in 1969, Don accepted a teaching position at the high school in Valders, Wisconsin.
Don and his young family established roots in this rural community and his fledgling moving business came, too. Don continued to grow and expand the business, eventually leaving the teaching profession behind. Don, along with his two sons, Jason and David, have moved and raised thousands of structures, big and small.
Don, who passed away in March 2015, was active with the Wisconsin Building Movers Association (WBMA), where he served as President in 2008/09, and Vice President in 2006 to 2007.