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March 18, 2011

Donald John Tyson, who died in January at the age of 80, knew his chickens. Working in the family-controlled business at an early age, first as a chicken catcher and then truck driver, Tyson transformed a local poultry producer in Arkansas into not only one of the largest in America, but into one of the largest food companies in the world.



Donald John Tyson, who died in January at the age of 80, knew his chickens. Working in the family-controlled business at an early age, first as a chicken catcher and then truck driver, Tyson transformed a local poultry producer in Arkansas into not only one of the largest in America, but into one of the largest food companies in the world.



His father John Tyson started things going when he bought Tyson Foods first poultry processing plant in 1958. But it was college dropout Tyson who really transformed the Springdale-based company.



January 7, 2011

Donald John Tyson, the man who took family-controlled Tyson Foods from a small chicken company to a food processing enterprise, passed away on 6 January at the age of 80.

Donald John Tyson, the man who took family-controlled Tyson Foods from a small chicken company to a food processing enterprise, passed away on 6 January at the age of 80.

Known to his close associates as "Don", Tyson became the second-generation chairman and CEO of Tyson Foods in 1967 after the death of his father, founder John W Tyson. He remained chairman until 1995 when he retired, but continued to serve as a consultant for the company.

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