Born in 1942, Don Miller graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1960. Don served as active duty then returned to the local National Guard unit while attending Fort Scott Community College. In 1964 he married Shauneen Bond and also finished his bachelor of science in education at Pittsburg State University. In 1969, Don earned his master's degree in American history. Both Don and Shauneen taught in Coffeyville for 12 years where daughters Tanya and Erin were born. Returning to Fort Scott in 1977, Don taught and coached until he retired from teaching in 2007. Don continued to coach freshmen boys' basketball at Fort Scott High School and retired with a record of 509 - 196 (73%).
Don was selected master Teacher from Emporia State University in 1981, received the Clyde U. Phillips Award for teaching excellence from Pittsburg State University in 1994, was named the Kansas Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1994, received the DAR Kansas Teacher of the Year in 1998, was named Kansas Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2001, received the VFW Citizenship Award in 2001, was inducted into the Kansas Teachers hall of Fame in 2001, and was chosen the Fort Scott Community College Outstanding Alumni in 2004.
Don continues to work with fellow historians to develop the rich history of Bourbon County and surrounding area.