Don Lanpher Jr. was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and graduated from Lincoln Senior High School. He entered the U.S. Navy after high school, and after four years and an honorable discharge, he returned to Yankton, South Dakota, to attend Yankton College. After three years at Yankton College, he transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
During the fall of 1975 he took a part-time job as a night watchman for the University of Idaho. While continuing his studies, he accepted a full-time job as dispatcher for the newly created Campus Division of the Moscow Police Department.
He became a full-time Moscow Police Officer in February 1977. He moved up through the ranks and retired as a captain after 27 years of dedicated service to the community of Moscow.
On July 19, 2004, he was sworn in as the new Chief of Police in Aberdeen. He is looking forward to the many challenges and opportunities in this position.
He has bachelors degree in General Studies from the University of Idaho, and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, and F.B.I. Command College. Don resides in Aberdeen with his wife Anna.
He enjoys many South Dakota activities and enjoys working with the many fine men and women of the Aberdeen Police Department.