Donald Blaylock is the husband of Audrey Blaylock, and a former foster parent in Los Angeles, California. Among the children he and his wife took in were Benny, Jodi, Frances, William, and Johnny Stokes.
He worked for the Los Angeles Fire Department from 1964 to 1992. For six years he worked out of "58's" which is the fire station immediately adjacent to the Hollywood Division police station. When he retired, he and his wife moved to Lone Pine. In January 2002, Harry Bosch interviewed Blaylock regarding Stokes.