Donald Gautier was born in Portland, Maine on January 21, 1915. His Father was one of eleven children, born in Turner. He owned the Lawrence Music Store. His mother was a Welsh homemaker. They moved to Auburn when Donald was 5 years old. He lived in a residential area near Pettingill Park with no other French families in the vicinity. He attended Webster Grammar School. His family was not terribly affected by the Depression. He attended Edward Little High School and lived at home while attending Bates College, where he graduated in 1936. After graduation, Don owned a filling station. He first had a station in Auburn and then in Lewiston. He also owned a Firestone Tires dealership. He met his future wife in 1939. He enlisted in the National Guard in February of 1941 at Camp Landing. He attended Officer Candidate School. He married in May of 1942 at Fort Benning in Georgia. He served in the military for 5 years. He went to England in 1944, followed by France, Luxembourg, and the Siegfried Line. He remained active with the National Guard and later with the Reserve. He started a National Guard Batan as part of the 103rd Regimental Combat Team. He worked for the Veterans Administration as a contact representative in Lewiston. He was nominated to be the postmaster of Auburn in 1954. He eventually served greater Auburn, Augusta, and Waterville areas. He was involved with the Rifle Club in Auburn. He has been president of his Bates class since 1956. He is responsible for class reunions and letters. He was involved with the Lewiston-Auburn United Fund. In 1974 he ran for State Senate in district 12 but lost. He campaigned with Olympia Snowe. He was later involved with Kiwanis and Rotary.
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Gethin-Jones, Meredith, "Gautier, Don oral history interview" (1999). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 142.