RWB Donald G. Bovia was born in Toledo, Ohio on the 17th of May 1961, the middle child of three sisters and an older brother. After graduating from Macomber VTHS in 1980 he joined the US Navy as a Boiler Technician during which time he served onboard the USS John F. Kennedy CV-67, the USS Iowa BB-61, the USS Yellowstone AD-41 and the USS Duluth LPD-6, he also served two tours of Instructor duty at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. After retiring in 2000 he moved to Las Vegas, NM where his wife, Lori, was born and raised. Don and Lori were married in 1982 and have two children, Dillette and Donald, and two Grandsons, Johnathan and Gabriel.
Don was initiated, passed and raised in Chapman Lodge #2 in 2010. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Lecturer 3rd Masonic District by MWB Bill Childers in 2013. In December of 2013 he was elected to serve as Worshipful Master of Chapman Lodge, were he served until December of 2016 (3 years). In 2017 he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master 3rd Masonic District by MWB Ernie Shoup, and again in 2018 by MWB Adam Hathaway.
RWB Bovia received the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Santa Fe, Orient of New Mexico in May of 2012 as part of the Centennial Class. He was Invested a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH) in 2017.
RWB Bovia is currently the Junior Warden of Chapman Lodge #2 and Senior Steward of Union Lodge #4.
He is currently employed at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas, New Mexico as the Plant Operations Manager, Safety Officer, and Emergency Manager.