Donald L. Reno

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Donald L. Reno, PGM,
Donald L. Reno, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1994-1995

Donald L. Reno was born in Detroit on August 13, 1937. He was educated in the public schools of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights. He joined the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force he was an Aircraft and Engine Mechanic, a Quality Control Inspector, and while in the Quality Control Office he flew test hops as a Radar Operator in the F101B aircraft before being discharged in 1967. He married Pamela M. Blackburn on August 24, 1956. They were blessed with two sons. Following his discharge from the Air Force, he was employed by the Ford Motor Company at the Dearborn Research and Engineering Center. His assignments at Ford included technical positions from testing technician to supervisory positions.

He was raised as a Master Mason on November 17, 1959 in Rapid City Lodge No. 25 A.F. & A.M. He was Worshipful Master of Wolverine Lodge No. 484 in Dearborn in 1986. He was a member of Dearborn Chapter No. 172, R.A.M.; Monroe Council No. 1, R. & SM.; Redford Commandery No. 55, K.T.; Detroit York Rite College No. 1; Detroit Chapter No.1, National Sojourners; Al Matta Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R.; Moslem Temple Shrine; Royal Order of Scotland; and Dearborn Chapter No. 421, O.E.S. He joined the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit in the fall of 1974. He immediately became active with the Scottish Rite Reception Committee. In 1980 the Supreme Council conferred the Thirty-Third Degree upon him in Cleveland, Ohio. He served the Valley of Detroit as Sovereign Prince of Carson Council from 1982-1983. He was an Honorary Member of the Valley of Grand Rapids, A.& A.S.R. Since 1987 he served on the Supreme Council’s Production Staff, as the Video Director for the Annual Meetings.

He was installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master on May 28, 1994.

He died on March 17, 2000.

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