In Memory of Steven Kuykendall
Remembering Steve Kuykendall One Year Later
Remembering our dear friend and patriot, Fisher House So Cal Founder and first President, STEVE KUYKENDALL, on the one year anniversary of his passing.
We miss you, Steve!
Steven T. Kuykendall, age 73, passed away one year ago on Friday, January 22, 2021 at home in Long Beach, CA, surrounded by his family, after an 18 month battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born on January 27, 1947 in McAlester, Oklahoma to Henry and Frances (Campbell) Kuykendall and was the oldest of three children.
Steve Kuykendall was a proud American and family man whose life was defined by service and family. As an elected official he served as councilman and Mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes (1991-1994), California State Assemblyman (1994-1998), and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1999-2001). He also served as an Alternate Delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention and a Delegate to the 2000 and 2008 Republican National Conventions.
Steve’s volunteer and non-profit work was a central part of his life as a way to give back to his community. Steve was a long-time resident of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, serving as AYSO Region 10 Regional Commission and Palos Verdes Peninsula Education Foundation (volunteer and subsequent Director, Treasurer, and President). He was a founding board member of Fisher House Southern California Inc., serving as President from its inception in 2012 to 2021. Steve Kuykendall also was a ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA ordained at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in RPV, CA where he also helped create the local church’s endowment funds. He was the past President of the Los Angeles Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni Association.
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 50 years, Jan; daughter, Kerry (Matthew) Smith, son Brent (Salvatrice) Kuykendall, son Craig (Lauren) Kuykendall; and 7 grandchildren, of whom he was especially proud to be called their “Papa”. Steve had requested that donations be made out in his name to Fisher House Southern California.
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