The 2013 honorees included Merrill Anderson of Newman, Illinois, and Weslaco, Texas; Steve Dorran of Timnath, Colorado; Phil Stoll of Fort Worth, Texas; and Arvin Arthun of Billings, Montana.

Master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, executive vice president of the American-International Charolais Association and a 1984 Hall of Fame inductee. He opened the event with a salute to legendary auctioneer and 1980 honoree Ray Sims, who passed away on Sept. 18, 2012.

The Livestock Marketeers group was initiated in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to form a fraternal organization of livestock professionals and to make annual awards in order to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession.

Seventy Marketeers were in attendance for 2013.

Merrill Anderson
Born near Broadlands, Illinois, Merrill Anderson grew up on Snip, the family farm raising Shorthorn cattle, Duroc and Berkshire hogs, Cheviot sheep and Standardbred and show horses. It was an excellent beginning for his career in the livestock industry.


Anderson attended the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship and then joined the U.S. Army. After a time of service, he returned to the farm and attended the Superior School of Auctioneering in Decatur, Illinois.

Anderson started his professional auction career in the purebred swine business; he went from three sales to 70 auctions in 1965 alone. Shorthorn cattle were another career highlight, including the popular Leveldale/Alexander sales.

Anderson later helped guide early Simmental sales in the U.S. In 1970, he formed C/A Livestock with partners Gordon Phillips, Hays Walker and Casey Anderson, marketing Simmental cattle at the height of the breed’s explosion.

“Summing this up, it was the people that opened doors for me,” Anderson wrote. “It was the men who sold advertising and guided me through every sale I had. These men make an auctioneer, not vice versa.”

Anderson was unable to attend the Livestock Marketeers banquet due to illness. His Hall of Fame award had been presented at his Texas home in December.

He passed away in Weslaco, Texas, on Feb. 2, 2013.

Steve Dorran
Steve Dorran grew up on the West Coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island. As a young boy, he was a member of the 4-H beef club, raising, fitting and showing Angus steers. Dorran’s fascination with the auction business was a result of the 4-H auctions at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, where he sold his steers and watched the auctioneers work.

Moving to Alberta in 1972, Dorran went to work at Western Breeders as a herdsman in the bull barns, moving on to the position of marketing and beef specialist.

In 1977, Dorran attended the Superior School of Auctioneering in Illinois. In 1979, he left Western Breeders to focus full-time on the purebred livestock marketing business as a ringman and auctioneer.

Throughout the last 33 years, Dorran has conducted as many as 200 sales a year.  His auction career has taken him to 38 states, seven provinces in Canada, and the Royal Sydney Show in Australia.

While still traveling and conducting 120 sales a year, Dorran has also been a volunteer at the Calgary Stampede for over 30 years. He received the honor of being named 2012 Record Stockman Canadian Livestock Industry Leader of the Year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.

“Steve Dorran is the best in the business,” said friend and 2011 honoree Terry Cotton of Angus Productions, Inc.

Phil Stoll
Phil Stoll was born and raised near Snyder in southwest Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He was a member of the 1974 OSU Denver and Fort Worth livestock judging teams, and also served as vice president of the Block & Bridle Club.

Stoll was one of the first part-time brush hands for Ken Holloway’s American Cattle Services, a sales management company formed in 1971 and specializing in Limousin sales. He worked part-time on weekends until graduation, when he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to work for the Charolais Banner, the official breed publication at that time.

In February 1976, Phil moved to Fort Worth and worked a short time for Western Livestock Journal. Then he started as a field representative for the Weekly Livestock Reporter on Dec. 1, 1976.

Stoll grew it from a mom-and-pop newspaper to a regionally recognized publication. He became general manager in 1994 and inherited the publication from owner Rosemary Gouldy in 2002.

Stoll has been a ringman at more than 3,150 sales, working as many as 190 a year.

He has lived in Springtown, Texas, since 1987, and has remerchandised from 100 to 150 bulls a year. Almost every road agent in the business has bought or had an order from Stoll to buy bulls at one time or another.

His other business interests include Bull Central Trucking, Inc., a small flatbed trucking company, and Highway Guardrail Sale Co., selling used highway guardrail to ranches and feedlots for corrals.

Arvin Arthun
Arvin Arthun’s earlier career was in the printing industry and then bloomed into the livestock and ranching industry that he loved.

He graduated from high school in Buffalo, Wyoming, and then earned a degree in journalism at Arkansas State University. He became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and was head of the Army Reserve for the state of Wyoming for a number of years.

Much of Arthun's later career was spent marketing cattle for livestock publications, selling and making ads, brochures and sales catalogs.

He logged thousands of miles driving around Montana and neighboring states, visiting ranches and going to livestock sales as a ringman. He worked for the Montana Farmer-Stockman, Western Beef Producer and Cotton & Associates.

When Arthun retired, he marketed cattle for Sitz Angus Ranch, devoting his expertise to the family business. He was a NILE 200 Club member for over 30 years, also serving on their board of directors. He passed away on Feb. 5, 2011.

Arthun is remembered for his love of the livestock industry, sharing the benefits of his knowledge and experience, as well as his quick wit and “Arvinisms.”  end mark

Phil Stoll and Steve Dorran were inducted into the Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame on Jan. 19 at the National Western Club in Denver. Photo courtesy of Livestock Marketeers.