My Name is Donald Jerry Hankins, but I go by Jerry. I was born and grew up in the small town of Bishop, California. I had many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the area. After high school, I went to Junior College and received an AA degree. About a year after getting the degree I returned to Bishop with a pregnant wife. I got a job with the mining division a major corporation. I worked four years of production and then moved into the accounting office for another seventeen years. During this time three daughters were born into the family. I received a BS degree in business administration by taking night courses. When my oldest daughter was thirteen my wife and I separated and I became a single parent raising the three girls. After the youngest graduated from high school I moved to Santa Rosa, California where I eventually met and married my second wife. About ten years ago I converted to the church and have held several positions. These included Ward Missionary, Executive Secretary, Assistant to the High Priest Leader and Sunday School President. Currently I am a Family History Consultant and Church Activities Co-Chair.
My hobbies include collecting rocks and polishing them for jewelry. I also enjoy traveling and photography. Recently I restarted to collect coins, especially pennies. I also spend time on genealogy working in Family Search, Ancestry, and My Heritage and have has my DNA tested.
My work experience includes the twenty-one years with a mining company seventeen which were in the accounting office. There I learned to use a personal computer and many applications. Most of these were self-taught using a manual because there was nobody who had computer experience. My experience includes many aspects of accounting and business. The next four years after I left the area were spent working temporary jobs, mostly with the City of Santa Rosa doing Fixed Asset inventory and other duties. I received a position with the county Community Services Division working on payments for Section 8 Housing. Later I transferred to Human Services working on a program for the elderly and disabled. All of these positions required me to not only learn new programs, but also to transfer information from old programs to new ones. I am now retired, but still use the computer. I have been on several boards including Search and Rescue, Treasurer for a local handicapped association, a singles group (before I was re-married), and am the current secretary of the Lake Committee for our Home Owner’s Association.