He has been called many things: teacher, auctioneer, radio DJ, TV reporter, chuck wagon Boss, realtor, state representative, husband and father. But no matter what you call him, one thing is perfectly clear about Don Armes – he is the same man, no matter what hat he is wearing.
Born on July 31, 1961 in Midwest City, Armes moved to Lawton when he was just a boy in the 7th grade. Attending MacArthur Junior High, he became involved in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and joined the school band. Focusing mostly on brass instruments, Armes said he played in the band for about three or four years before walking away from playing music.
After graduating high school, Armes attended Cameron University, graduating in 1984 with a degree in agriculture education. Two months after graduating, he married his sweetheart, Dede. The couple then immediately moved in order for Armes to start his new job teaching agriculture in El Dorado, Oklahoma.
Armes said he knew that he was not going to be able to provide for his family on his teaching salary alone, so he took the necessary steps acquire another marketable skill – auctioneer.