Rinker Memorial Bench

Donations are now being taken for a memorial bench to honor Don Rinker.  Many of you may remember Don from his many years at Arizona Game and Fish.  The following is from his obituary which appeared in the White Mountain Independent earlier this year:

Don Rinker, 80, of Show Low, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was born Jan. 11, 1937, in North Bergen, N.J.  He moved to Tempe with his mother and sister, in 1948. As a rebellious teenager, Don was often found drag racing up and down Central Avenue in Phoenix. Despite his revelries, he graduated from Tempe High School in 1954.

Don went to work as a carpenter for John F. Long Company in Glendale building houses for 10 years. He was an excellent carpenter, always striving for perfection, with an extreme attention to detail that he applied in all of his endeavors, especially the home he built where he passed. Don was once told by his supervisors, “You’re not building pianos here.”

Don was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. His passion for the outdoors led him to Arizona State University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Don began a career as a wildlife manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, where he had a fulfilling and rewarding 31-year career. Don loved his job and was dedicated to the conservation of Arizona’s fish and wildlife. He especially loved interacting with members of the public and was always friendly with everyone he met, treating them with respect.

Don was a perpetual storyteller and practical joker. He enjoyed reminiscing and reliving fond memories from his past and pulling a prank or two. He loved to make people laugh, especially himself. Don had an infectious laugh and made sure everyone knew throughout his 80 years, “I am still having fun!”

Don was a loving, patient and proud husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Linda and his loving family.

If you would like to make a donation to help pay for Don’s bench, please send your check to:


PO Box 581

Pinetop, Arizona 85935-0581.

And please include “Rinker bench” in the memo line.  Thank you.