Don Voss admittedly confused his ‘vocation’ with an avid ‘avocation’. He attended Loyola University in Los Angeles from 1952 to 1955, majoring in a pre-dental curriculum. He then attended the University of Southern California School of Dentistry from where he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1959.
Kathryn and he were married in 1957 and embarked on a voyage of more than 42 years of raising their family of ten children, two boys and eight girls, before Parkinson’s disease took Kathryn in 1999 at age 65.
Both were heavily involved in the activities of their Catholic parish from the beginning, from singing in the choir, to lectoring, to teaching high school religion and philosophy classes, to parish council membership. They also participated in Marriage Encounter activities, led married couples’ seminars, and were active in and held office in the Holy Family Retreat Association.
In 1981 Don left his dental practice and he and Kathryn were employed as co-directors of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Office of Family Life until 1991. Their responsibilities included developing marriage preparation classes and family enrichment activities. In that role, they became members of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Family Life Ministers, where they held national offices for several years.