Donald Gene Henricksen was born in April of 1942, growing up in DeWitt, graduating from DeWitt High School in 1960. Don continued his education in finance at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1967. Farming in Clinton, Scott and Jackson Counties following his graduation. Don was farming 1600 acres in 1981.
Patricia McDonald and Donald were married in August of 1966. They had three sons, William, Thomas, and John. Don enjoyed his children, riding horses and reading to them whenever he had time.
Don died on November 4, 1981 in a farm accident. His organs were donated to others. The endowed scholarship gives others an opportunity to an education and the organ donation gives others a chance at a healthy life.