Don Lewis Wiki (Jack Donald Lewis – Carole Baskin’s Husband) Age, Biography

Jack Donald Lewis

Jack Donald Lewis (born April 30, 1938) was a businessman from the United States of America. He is the founder of the famous zoo named “Big cat rescue”. He was a self-made millionaire and the husband of the famous Tiger lover named Carole Baskin.

In the year news came that Don Lewis got lost and Carole is the one who reported police about this. After this, he got declared as dead as he remained missing.

In the year 2020 a new show named “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” released on Netflix which is based on the life of a person named Joe Exotic. This show also tried to put light on the character of Don Lewis’ wife Carole Baskin.

Tiger King Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Tiger King Murder, Mayhem, and Madness



In the year 2002, Don Lewis made a complaint to the police that is wife Carole to his gun from him. In the same year, he got missing. Police tried its best to find him but they only found his car in an airport parking lot.

Jack Donald Lewis on a Newspaper cover
Jack Donald Lewis on a Newspaper cover

People started blaming Baskin for his murder but there were no proofs against her. After Don’s death, his whole wealth got transferred to Carole. Lewis’s first wife and kids filed a case for Don’s property and the case is still in court.


Childhood, Parents & Bio

In the year 1938, Jack Donald Lewis took birth on 30th April. His birthplace is Dade City, Florida, USA. There is no information about his parents and siblings but we came to know that he got brought up by his single mother and which is why he never got the love of his father. His mother used to work as a tailor and thus she brought him up from very little earnings.

Carole Baskin’s spouse did his schooling from Pasco High School. After this, Don Lewis graduated from the University of Georgia. Don spent his childhood in poverty which is why he made his mind to start his business right from a small age.


Personal Life

Don Lewis got married in the year 1955 with Gladys Cross. He was only 17 years old at that time whereas his wife was only 14.

From his marriage, his wife gave birth to 3 kids named Gale Rathbone, Lynda Sanchez, and Donna Pettis. After being together for 35 years the couple separated in the year 1990 after divorce.

Jack Donald Lewis wife Carole Baskin
Carole Baskin with her husband, Jack Donald Lewis

After the divorce, he met a lady named Carole Stairs and fall in love with her but some people say that because of his extramarital affair with Carole his first marriage ended. They both got married in the year 1991. The couple has no child together.


Some Hidden Facts about Don Lewis

Real Full Birth NameJack Donald Lewis.
NicknameDon Lewis
Age (As of 2019)64 years old.
Date of Birth (DOB), BirthdayApril 30, 1938.
Birthplace/HometownDade City, Florida.
Ethnicity White.
Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)Straight.
Sun Sign (Zodiac Birth Sign)Taurus.
House LocationTampa.
Physical Statistics
Height (Tall)Feet & Inches: 5'10".
Centimeters: 177.8 cm.
Meters: 1.77 m.
WeightKilograms: 76 Kg.
Pounds: 167.5 lbs.
Eye ColorBrown.
Shoe Size (UK)11.
Hair ColorGrey.
ParentsFather: Not known.
Mother: Not available.
Personal Life Relationship
Marital StatusMarried
Wife1. Gladys Cross (1955 - 1990).
2. Carole Stairs.
Kids1. Gale Rathbone.
2. Lynda Sanchez.
3. Donna Pettis.
Social media No.
Highest QualificationGraduation
School Pasco High School.
Net worth (As in 2020)$ 7-10 million.



Growing up in a poor family, Don Lewis had the desire to become rich which is why he chose to be a businessman. First, he does some small jobs like a mechanic and as a labor worker. Later he tried his lick in scrap business and started earning handsome income.

After his marriage with Carole, his business expanded to real estate business and he started buying old houses to sell them after renovation.

When he died his net worth estimated to be $7 to 10 million which includes hectares of land and some nice properties. He is also the founder of the “Big Cat Rescue zoo”.



  • Carole Baskin’s husband, Don Lewis was a gun lover.
  • People doubt that Carole killed Don and fed him to the tigers.
  • Lewis was also an animal lover and used to pet Tigers, Lions and Cheetahs as dogs.
  • Joe Exotic blamed Baskin for Don’s death and he also made a video to tease her.
  • He was a rich person yet used to spend his life like a cheapskate.
  • There was an age gap of 28 years between him and his wife Carole Baskin.


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