Donald moved to Tucson in 1935 at the age of five. He sang in the Tucson Boys Chorus and attended Sam Hughes, Doolen and Mansfeld, graduating from Tucson High School in 1947. He received his degree at the University of Arizona in 1952 and graduated from the UA College of Law in 1955. Following military service, he founded the law firm now known as Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally and practiced there until he “retired” in 1987.
Donald served on the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) from 1983 to 1994, and twice served as its president, co-chaired the Commission for the Status of Women, and received ABOR’s Commission on the Status of Women Vision 2000 Award. He was instrumental in developing the Student Aide Fund Trust, and chaired the Strategic Development Committee. Prior to serving in ABOR, he was vice co-chair of the Committee to Desegregate Tucson Schools and also served for several years as a member of Board of Fenster Ranch School. Currently he serves on the Board of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) and is co-chair of its Education Taskforce Committee.
Donald has been a businessman and entrepreneur for more than 50 years. He founded the Phoenix Suns in 1968 and was its managing partner. He was an owner and director of KVOA TV, Orion Pictures, Filmways and Old Tucson Company, as well as a member of the general partnership that founded the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has been an active real estate developer of over 3,000,000 sq. ft. of office buildings, hotels, apartments, shopping centers and subdivision properties throughout the US and Canada. For 17 years, he served as chairman of the board of Campus Research Corp., manager of the UA Science and Tech Park and was instrumental in the U of A's acquisition of an approximately 1,345 acre facility with 2 million square feet of buildings at virtually no cost to the U of A.
He is a former board member of the Tucson Economic Development Corp., the Development Authority for Tucson’s Economy (serving as its President), and the UA Hospital prior to it becoming UMC. He was awarded honorary degrees from both the U of A and NAU, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the UA and received the UA President’s Medallion. In the 1990’s, the Tucson Citizen named him one of Tucson’s five most influential leaders. In September 2003, Donald received the International Economic Development Council’s Citizen Leadership Award, presented annually to “a private citizen whose personal leadership and dedication to the betterment of its community through quality, sustainable, economic development has improved his community's "quality of life".
Donald is married to Susan Herndon Pitt, a Tucson native, and has three daughters—Dana, Tracy and Lindsay, all of whom reside in Tucson.
Long Realty Cares Foundation
Mission: Long Realty Cares Foundation offers the promise of hope to those who need shelter, sustenance and comfort, and the commitment to serve the needs of the communities in which we work and live.
With the history of Long Realty Company including a long standing and proven commitment to support charitable organizations, Long Realty Cares Foundation was established in 2002 to expand philanthropic activities, providing a venue for individuals and EEF to collectively enhance the quality of life in Arizona. More than 2 million dollars in support has been donated to over 180 different non-profit organizations in the communities where we live and work.
The true spirit of generosity comes from the many sales associates who voluntarily donate a portion of their commission from each real estate transaction and Long Companies employees who personally contribute to the Foundation. Many of our sales associates and employees go even further in their efforts to effect positive change; they make a commitment to serve local charitable organizations in a volunteer capacity. This level of dedication adds a unique dimension for all of us associated with the Long Companies as we treasure our connection to community.
Since 2010, Long Cares has granted the Educational Enrichment Foundation $10,000.