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Loren Doll was born in Dodge City to Fred and Dora Doll on July 9, 1929. Growing up in Wright, Kansas, he attended school in Dodge City. Loren still holds the Kansas high school record for most hits in a single baseball game (six) with Dodge City High School where he graduated in 1947. Additionally, he had a season batting average of .524, which is a school record that stands over 70 years later. In 2014, Loren was inducted into Dodge City High School’s “Ring of Honor.” After high school, Loren played for the Brooklyn Dodgers organization for four years. While playing in Greenwood, Mississippi, for the Dodgers’ minor league team, he married Veleeta Anders on April 26, 1951. He and Veleeta returned to Kansas rather than relocate to Quebec, Canada for the Dodgers. He continued his pro-ball career for another year as first baseman with the Hutchinson, Kansas farm club affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1961, Loren took a risk when he, his father and three Irsik brothers started Ingalls Feed Yard. This feed yard is one of seven feed yards now operated by Irsik and Doll Company. The feed yards have grown from the original 2,500 head capacity at Ingalls Feed Yard to a total capacity of 280,000 head. The company expanded under Loren’s leadership. In addition to feed yards, Irsik and Doll also operates a number of grain elevators and several integrated joint agricultural ventures that compliment the operations of Irsik and Doll. In 1983, Loren and his family formed Loren Doll, Inc., which is involved in beef and grain production. Loren retired from Irsik and Doll in April 1989, though he continued to serve in a leadership capacity as a member of the board of directors until 2004. With his guidance, second generation family members now serve as Irsik and Doll board members. Loren participated in numerous civic activities in his lifetime. He has served as Mayor of Ingalls and served as a member of the Ingalls school board. He was a member of the Kansas Wheat Commission. He continues to stay engaged in cattle feeding and other agricultural pursuits. In 2015, Loren Doll was inducted into the National Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame. Loren and Veleeta live in Dodge City and enjoy spending time with their children and spouses, Jan (Mike) McNiece, Kathy (Dan) Miller, Steve (Deb) Doll, Mike Doll, John (Janet) Doll and Lori (John) Oldham, along with their grandchildren and great grandchildren.