Wendy ('69), Paz ('87) and Gina (('89) and three grand children Josh, Annabelle and Zach.
My Dad was a bird Colonel....
Josh, Annabelle and Zach Pontious
moved 1968 to Tucson
graduated 1971 U of A, B Arch
moved to San Diego to intern 1973
moved to Orange County, complete intern 1974
licensed and started biz- 1975
moved to Newport Beach 1983
Paz 1987 (Ph. D Immunology program, UCLA)
Gina 1989 (B Arts UCLB- mortician)
detached/rupture achilles tendon in Mar 2012
off the crutches June 2012
doing a little more painting 2013
doing less painting in 2014
doing more painting in 2015 and created an Educational Foundation
doing more painting in 2016 and having a knee replacement in
2017- walking and golf but still going in once or twice a week.
2018- doing more painting and traveling.
Don Krotee moved to California in 1972 to complete an internship in architecture and was licensed to practice in 1973. He opened his own planning and architectural practice in 1974 and moved to Newport Beach in 1984. The firm has provided A-E services for over 250 publicly bid projects in over thirty municipalities and jurisdictions. Public and private projects include refurbishment of over 50 projects on the National Register of Historic Places. Recent goals enable the firm to play a key part in saving and preserving cultural, community and historic fabric in the places where people live and work. The work in public education in the last 5 years has been intense. As Public Education is under attack and is the future of a great country, working in the field has been very rewarding.
Local educational and municipal work include architectural modernization, rehabilitation and historic restoration. In 2003 Don assisted in giving new life to a local home owners association and started a not for profit California Corporation known as Newport Heights Improvement Association in a local land use battle. Mr. Krotee and many members of the Association remain active in Newport Beach civic affairs.
Mr. Krotee has been or is currently a member of the following professional organizations:
General Plan Advisory Committee member, City of Newport Beach
President, Newport Heights Improvement Association
First District Appointee, Ad Hoc Committee reviewing Orange County's Zoning Code
Fifth District Appointee, 1983 State Historical Building Conference
Design Review Board Member, City of Santa Ana Economic Development Corporation
Board Member, Santa Ana Downtown Businessmen's Association
Study Team Leader, North Main Midtown Area of Santa Ana
State and Local Member, American Institute of Architects
Registered Architect C-8318, State of California
Member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Steering Committee Member, Co-Chair, SPON
Board Member and past Treasurer, Newport Bay Conservancy
Mr. Krotee went to Temple University for a year and a half and moved to Arizona where he completed his professional training, cum laude, at the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona, receiving the College’s Alpha Rho Chi Medal. While attending the University of Arizona, Mr. Krotee studied historical restoration.
Principal CEO, DKP, Inc.
What elementary school did you attend?
Went 1 month at Oakmont and then, Brookline
Do you remember the 60s?
I lived on "X" street during my time at HHS
Edgewood Road- down the street from Heath (Norm) and Debbie Lobb and around the corner from Pete Bowen, John Woodward ('66) and Bill and Diddy Hazlett. I walked to school with Tom Horn, Jerry Kylr and Bill Cantwell.
What is your favorite song from 1965?
Midnight Hour, Whiter Shade of Pale
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