Don Favier was born and raised in England. He received a degree in Agriculture in Oakland College of Agriculture at St. Alban’s Hertfordshire, England in 1973. He traveled countries in Europe until he was granted a permanent VISA. His first employment in the US was in Michigan working for a family farming business. He had an opportunity to get into the insurance industry and started with Farm Bureau in 1977. He relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1982 and built an insurance agency. In 1985, as a general agency, he developed insurance agencies on the Western slope of Colorado.
Betty Favier grew up in Western Nebraska, ending up in Omaha for college and post graduate studies. She started her career in the medical field and then had an opportunity to get into real estate development and sales in 1981. Betty and Don met December 26, 2004. They were married in June of 2006 and after 35 years in Omaha, Betty moved to Telluride, CO.
In 2004, the local sheriff came to visit Don. He said he was in need of a bail bondsman. There weren’t any in the county and he felt Don was the man for the job. A year later the sheriff again came to Don, still seeing a need for a bail bondsman. The constitution gives a defendant the right to a fair trial and reasonable bail. He felt that instead of sitting in jail at the taxpayers’ expense, these defendants could be working, earning money and supporting their families while awaiting trial. It also gives the defendant the opportunity to work with his or her lawyer in building their defense.
Don decided to give it a try finally in 2005 and Betty joined him in 2009 after she retired from real estate to give her full attention to the insurance industry. They currently have 16 bail agents writing with them on the western slope and Front Range of Colorado.
Don and Betty agree the greatest aspect of being in the bail business is helping people get through the process, out of trouble and back on the right track. In their minds, no one is exempt. You never know when you, a family member or friend will get into trouble and need help.
When Don and Betty bail a defendant out of jail, they make it a practice to drive the person home, get them something to eat, and spend time expressing that it is not the end of the world. They try to help the person through the process however they can.
Both Don and Betty also give a lot of time and effort to their community. Don’s passion is giving his time as a Volunteer Fireman, which he has been doing for 35 years. He also holds his EMT License. Betty volunteers at the local Food Bank and is Chairman of the Daffodil Days Program with the American Cancer Society.
In their spare time, in addition to talking about bail, Don and Betty spend time at their condo in Denver where they entertain their five children and three grandchildren along with other family and friends. They also enjoy 4-wheeling, hiking, walking, going to the Blue Grass and Film Festivals in the summer, and panning for gold. Don works in his vegetable garden while Betty enjoys flower gardening, quilting and photography.