Ray Kroc Born Raymond Albert Kroc October 5, 1902 Oak Park, Illinois, U.S. Died January 14, 1984 (aged 81) San Diego, California, U.S. Cause of death Heart failure Resting place El Camino Memorial Park San Diego, California, U.S. Occupation Predominant establisher of the McDonald's Corporation Political party Republican Spouse Ethel Fleming (1922–1961, divorced) Jane Dobbins Green (1963–1968, divorced) Joan Smith Kroc (1969–1984, his death)
Ray and Joan Kroc. Ray was the CEO of McDonalds, and owner of the San Diego Padres, which fell to Joan after his death. Both were wonderful philanthropists, giving so much to the citizens of San Diego. Many charities and landmarks are in existence thanks to Ray and Joan Kroc.