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 Ray Kroc

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Ray Kroc

  • Birth 5 Oct 1902 Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 14 Jan 1984 La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Plot Mausoleum of the Bells, Bay 2, Section D
  • Memorial ID 3207

Businessman. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was a man with a passion for perfection who created the McDonald's restaurant empire. In 1948, as a milk machine salesman, traveling across the country, he took note when the McDonalds Brothers of San Bernardino, California, purchased eight of his multi-shake mixers. He visited there restaurant business and became convinced that he could sell mixers to every new franchise restaurant that they opened. Offering his services to the McDonald Brothers who were looking for a new franchising agent, he took on the job to widen their business. Through next ensuring years, Kroc eventually became frustrated with the brothers' unwillingness to start their chain with more wide market of restaurants. Thus in 1961, the $2.7 million that Kroc paid for the McDonalds Brothers Corporation, is considered to be one of the greatest acts of salesmanship of all time. From there, he started franchisees nation wide, set strict rules for his franchisees on how the food was to be made, portion sizes, cooking methods, times and packaging. He also let the franchisees decide their best approach to marketing the products in their given locations which resulted into the most successful fast food operation in the world to date. In 1974, he bought the Major League San Diego Padres baseball club and owned the team until his death from heart failure at age 81 in La Jolla, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 18 Jul 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3207
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Kroc (5 Oct 1902–14 Jan 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3207, citing El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .