Don Sawyer, b. 1936, became interested in fly fishing 28 years ago with the help of John Wylie and has been an avid fly angler ever since. He joined the Red Cedar Fly Fishers in 1980, became vice president two years later, was editor of the club newsletter, and served as president 1983-84. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers for the past 15 years and during that time held offices of Secretary and President. He was also chair of the annual GLC Summer Conclave in 1987 and the GLC Fly Fishing Conference June 2000. He was instrumental in organizing “Caught on the Fly: Fly Fishing Traditions in Michigan” exhibited at the Michigan State University Museum in 1998. Don was elected National FFF Director for four years and served as Executive Vice President of Membership 1995-96. In recognition of his efforts, Don received the 1995 GLC Presidents Award, the FFF Presidents Pin in 1996, and the 1999 GLC Achievement Award. Don was elected to the Anglers of the Au Sable Board of Directors in 1998 and is now in his 5th term.
Professionally, Don is a veterinary anesthesiologist and in 1997 became Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. He was a member of the faculty of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine for 28 years. During his last 11 years in the college, he was Coordinator of CVM Outreach in addition to his role as a clinician and teacher. In this role he was responsible for continuing education programs and alumni affairs and was directly involved with college fund-raising efforts. He is recipient of the MSU-CVM Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association Award of Appreciation, the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award, and the American Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year Award. He is founder and President of the International Association of Fly Fishing Veterinarians, Inc. This is an organization that hosts veterinary continuing education programs at fly fishing destinations (www.iaffv.org). Don and his wife Judy have been married 46 years; have 3 children and 5 grand children. They live in Okemos, Michigan and Tucson, Arizona.