He was born on May 25, 1928 in Royalton, and was the son of the late John George and Bredena E. Dimeler Boughter of Middletown.
He was a member of the 1946 graduating class of Middletown High School, married Grace Darline Newell (deceased 1984) in 1950, and graduated in 1953 from Gettysburg College. Donald then obtained a postgraduate certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in Physical Therapy. Upon obtaining his Physical Therapy certificate, Donald moved to California where he worked as a physical therapist until his retirement in 1993.
Between high school and college Donald enlisted in the Navy where he was a radar technician on the tanker ship USS Pawcatuck. He is survived by his sweetheart of 23 years Georgene Coopey of Anaheim; daughters Stacy Wetteland of Chino Hills, Calif., and Terry Cardin of Moorpark, Calif.; son Jay Boughter of Las Vegas, Nev.; and grandchildren Brian Cabral, Daniel Cardin, and Erin Cardin.
A Tribute to his life was held on Wednesday, May 29 at the chapel at Loma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton, Calif.