Statement Regarding Marlin Kuykendall

The Prescott City Council and Staff  learned today of the passing of former City Councilman and three-term Mayor, Marlin Kuykendall. 

Mr. Kuykendall was elected to the Prescott City Council in 1971 and was appointed to the council in 1991 to fill the remainder of an unexpired term.

Kuykendall won the mayoral primary election in September 2009 against incumbent mayor Jack Wilson. Kuykendall won re-election in 2011, and he won a third term in 2013.   He did not seek re-election in 2015 and was succeeded as mayor by Harry Oberg.

Mr. Kuykendall was an Army veteran, having served in the 158th Infantry Regiment of Arizona National Guard, known as the Bushmasters, where he served as the Prescott commanding officer in 1959.  He also served in many roles after his military service ended, including the State Chair of the Employer Service of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

“Marlin Kuykendall was an important and influential leader in Prescott for many decades,” said Mayor Greg Mengarelli.  “His service to our Nation, our State and our City will long be remembered.  Our condolences go out to his wife Tana, his son Patrick, and his entire family.”