Don Tyson Dead at 80

Jan. 6, 2011
Former Tyson Foods chairman/CEO passes 'after a brief illness.'
Tyson Foods Inc. reported Jan. 6 that Don Tyson, former chairman and CEO of the Springdale, Ark., company that bears his family name, “passed away this morning at the age of 80 after a brief illness.” He also was a leading member of the company’s board of directors.

Donnie Smith, Tyson President and CEO, said, “As noted in the obituary, Don was known by all to work hard, but also to play hard. He was famous the world over for his ‘no bad days’ outlook on life, and well known for telling everyone that ‘I don’t have time to have a bad time.’ Don’s passing will be mourned by all who knew him, especially his family, his countless friends, and business leaders and associates in Arkansas, across the country and around the world.”

A small, private family service has been planned and a public memorial service will be held at a later date. Click here for the company’s full statement, including obituary.

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