There have been many famous mustaches throughout history. There’s Colonel Sanders and Tom Selleck, Yosemite Same and Salvador Dali. Here in Osceola County we have our own famous mustached man: the one and only Don Miers.
Long before the mustache, Don grew up in Dumont, New Jersey. At a young age, he was a hard worker—a trait he inherited from his mother. Even though Stella Miers was a single mother, she climbed the ladder to vice president at a bank in New York. In 1971, at the age of 18 years old, Don moved down to tropical St. Petersburg to attend college. Maybe it was the sun and the sand, but Florida has had a hold on him ever since. Continuing in the footsteps of his mother’s work ethic, Don became the youngest hotel manager in Howard Johnson history at the age of just 20 years old.
Then, 30 years ago, Don Miers finally began his life in Osceola County where he became the first Houston Astros employee in the county. Since then, Don has been a part of opening many public parks and recreational facilities including the Osceola County Stadium, Austin-Tindall Regional Park, the Osceola County Softball Complex and Osceola Heritage Park.
Outside of his professional life, Don Miers has been equally as active in other areas of the community. He has been involved with organizations such as the United Way, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, the Children Advocacy Center, the Early Learning Coalition, Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, the Osceola Center for the Arts and many more. He has been recognized over and over again as an outstanding citizen of Osceola County. “Everyone should get involved to make their community a bette replace, “Don said. “Not only are you helping to solve problems, but you can meet some really fantastic people along the way.”
Four years ago, Don got involved with the Osceola County Historical Society. His first role as W.B. Makinson at the annual fundraiser, Dine with the Departed, was a smash hit. In fact, playing famous hardware store owner is Don’s favorite character to re-enact for the Historical Society. “Our history is important to our community. A lot of people think that Disney started this area. We have a lot more history than that,” Don said. During his years volunteering at the Osceola County Historical Society, Don has become an indispensable re-enactor. He’s played a hardware owner, a mayor, a doctor and even Santa Claus!
What’s on the top of Don’s list for the future of Osceola County? He’d like to see the county continue to grow with a spotlight on eco-tourism. He’s a big supporter of the Shingle Creek Regional Park project with the Welcome Center and the new Pioneer Village. For thirty years now, Don Miers has been a huge asset to the community. Here at the Osceola County Historical Society we’d like to take a moment to extend our appreciation to him for his help sharing in our county’s story. If you see his famous ‘stache around town—playing Makinson, volunteering with the youth or managing of the of the many county facilities—make sure to show your appreciation to a man who is truly making history himself.