Male, born 1927, died 2020-09-28

Associated with the firms network

Benton / Park / Candreva, Architects; Benton / Park, Architects; Jones and Emmons, Architects

Professional History


Service, US Navy, c. 1945-1946.

Draftsman, Jones and Emmons, Architects, Los Angeles, CA.

Partner, [Wallace] Benton / Park, Architects, Los Angeles, CA. 1956-1970.

Partner, Benton / Park / [Peter] Candreva, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1970- .

Professional Awards

Recipient, Young Men's Christian Association of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Golden Book of Distinguished Service.



B.Arch., University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA.



Park was born in the farming town of Bruning, NE, in 1927. His family resided there until about 1938, when it relocated to Los Angeles, CA.

In Los Angeles, Donald assisted his father and brother who were building contractors. His father nurtured his interest in building and design by buying him architectural magazines. According to his obituary, Park knew by 8th grade that he wanted to become an architect. (See Los Angeles (via, "Donald Gene Park," published 10/29/2020, accessed 11/02/2020.)


He wed Mary Ann Nicholas, (d. 2005), in 1947. They were wed for 57 years.

After Mary Ann's death, he developed a fclose relationship with Betty Hostrup.


Donald and Mary had two children, Pamela Park and Craig Park.

Biographical Notes

Member, Westwood Village Rotary Club, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA.

Volunteer, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1950s-c. 2016.

Chairman, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Board of Directors, 2014-2016.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 6904