Don Nelms was born in Inspiration Arizona. He graduated in 1979 from Northern Arizona University, Phi Kappa Phi, with a BS in Biology and a BS in Medical Radiography. His academic achievements included the 1979 N. A. U. Academia Award and a 4.0 Grade Point Average in the Department of Medical Radiography.
Don completed a Medical Radiography Internship at Maricopa County Hospital. He then worked at Mesa Lutheran Hospital in Mesa, AZ.
In 1981 Don moved to Sedona, AZ, where he lives with his wife, Kathy Nelms. He has owned and operated a Farmers Insurance Agency in Sedona since 1981 and has been recognized with the Farmers Insurance Championship and the Toppers Club Award.
Don has participated as a Board Member and/or a Volunteer for many religious, civic, and non-profit organizations in the Verde Valley. He has served on the Board of the Northern Arizona Cancer Society and as a Council Member at Christ Lutheran Church. He spent 10 years on the Board of the Northern Arizona Boys and Girls Club.