Donald E. Minkoff, 81, passed away at is home in Newport Beach surrounded by his family Sept. 15, 2010, after a short illness. He was born March 4, 1929, in Los Angeles.
Don spent his early years in Alhambra and graduated from Alhambra High School. He met and married his wife of 57 years, Erna, the love of his life. They settled in Newport Beach in 1971 where they raised their three children, Catherine, Debra and Mark.
Don initially joined the Army Reserve and subsequently served in the United States Air Force as a member of the Air Police. He had many passions in life that emerged as different aspects of his long and varied career. He spent his early years in sales and marketing and enjoyed a lifelong love of automobiles. A highlight was a business he formed importing Mercedes Benz automobiles from Germany, giving him and Erna the opportunity to travel frequently to Europe. They toured the Mercedes Benz factory in Stuttgart as well as other European locales they came to love. He restored and showed cars in the classic car circuit winning numerous awards and making many long time friends and acquaintances who shared this interest. Don also developed a passion for real estate development, construction and management and was personally and enthusiastically involved in all aspects of this work. He chose never to retire.