Dear Friends of Fisher House Southern California:
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that our President and CEO of Fisher House Southern California Board, Steven Kuykendall, passed away January 22 due to a short illness from pulmonary fibrosis.
Steve was a Marine Captain who served in Vietnam, a U.S. Congressman who represented Southern California, and a member of the California State Assembly before a stellar career in banking. But what he was most proud of was his service to Fisher House.
Steven Kuykendall was the dynamic force behind the formation of Fisher House Southern California, which built the Fisher House at the Long Beach VA and supported the operations of the Fisher Houses at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He also made invaluable contributions to Fisher House on the national level, and he will be missed by all of us who worked with him on behalf of Fisher House these last many years.
Steve was extremely proud of what he was able to do for Fisher House, and as he said to you so many times in his communications with you over the years, he was very grateful for your friendship and for your generous support of our veterans and our military families. And he meant it – your support of his efforts meant the world to him! And for that, all of us on the Fisher House team thank you.
Those of you who knew Steve and share our loss, and who would like to make a gift in his memory, can do so by sending it to Fisher House Southern California at P.O. Box 110, Long Beach, CA 90801 or by going to our website at fisherhousesocal.org. Per Steve’s wishes, no funeral is being planned though a Celebration of Life will take place once we can all gather safely again. Needless to say, we all appreciate what you have done for Fisher House Southern California. Thank You!
Fisher House Southern California, Inc.
Steven T. Kuykendall
1947 – 2021