It may be that Stanley Stout’s destiny as an auctioneer was preordained. He was born in 1941, the son of the late Elmore and Doris Stout, and was raised on a Flint Hills ranch outside of Cottonwood Falls, Kan. – cattle country to be sure. He attended Kansas State University and then auction school in Bryan, Texas.
After auction school, he worked in Japan for the American Hereford Association and later joined the Western Livestock Journal, covering Texas. He then joined the Drovers Journal and covered Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. From the field, he moved to the main office and was in charge of the field staff.
Stout also worked for the Charolais Banner as director of advertising, and entered the sales management world with the North American Auction Company. In 1975 he started Stanley E. Stout Auction Services.
He died on April 30, 2006 of an aortic aneurism, but his work and personality left a lasting mark on the livestock industry, according to Ken Odde, head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University.
Stout was widely considered one of the best auctioneers in the business, said Odde, who said he probably sold every breed of cattle at least once, as well as other species. For years, starting in the 1980s, it was Stanley Stout who cried the K-State bull sale, now called the Legacy Sale. He also offered his auction services to the Catbacker Auction – both events generating thousands of dollars for his university.
As an auctioneer who traveled the country from sale to sale, when passing a car going the same direction, he would send a friendly wave. When asked why he did that, he would say, that in case he had trouble up ahead, they would be more likely to stop and help him out.
“Upon his passing, K-State said good-bye to a loyal Wildcat, who wore his purple proudly everywhere he went,” Odde said. “The Stanley Stout Center at Kansas State University will be a reminder to all who knew and loved him, and to all who never had the chance, our youth who are the best investment we can make within the livestock industry.”