Sailors to Leave Wyoming

from the Casper Star-Tribune, June 14, 1965

Kenny Sailors, well-known Wyoming political figure, former star athlete and dude ranch operator, said Sunday he would leave the state late this month for British Columbia and Alaska, possibly seeking a new life.

Sailors, vacationing in the Saratoga area, said his move from Wyoming had been well thought out. It is necessary to relocate to an area below 3,000 feet above sea level because of his wife's health.

Marilynn Sailors has been under a doctor's care for some time and recently underwent surgery in Denver.

The former University of Wyoming basketball All-American said he and his wife had thought about moving to Alaska or Canada for some time. He planned to get a "hunting operation started up north."

Sailors recently sold his ranch near Moran, Wyo., the Heart 6, to his brother and former U. S. Navy Cmdr. Jeff Stone.

Sailors was a leading exponent of conservative thought in Wyoming and ran for several offices.

In 1960 he lost in the primary elections to former Rep. William Henry Harrison who went on to win the congressional seat. Harrison was ousted in the last election.

Sailors lost another primary election in 1962 when he sought election to the Senate. Sen. Milward Simpson, R-Wyo., won the primary and the general election that year.

In his last bid for political office, Sailors lost in the Republican primary to John Wold of Casper who was the GOP's candidate opposing Sen. Gale McGee, D-Wyo., in the 1964 senatorial race.

Sailors said he was "all through" with politics, but said he thought he might return to Wyoming "from time to time."

He was reared on a farm near Hillsdale and moved to Laramie where he attended high school. He was graduated from the University of Wyoming and named to All-American teams for two years. He is a former state legislator.

Sailors said he was interested in starting a big game hunting outfitting operation in British Columbia or Alaska. He said he had no particular area in mind. He said he planned to head north afer his wife had a checkup in Denver June 24.

His son, David, 18, who graduated this year from Jackson High School, may join his parents later. A daughter, Linda, was married last November.

Sailors and his wife will drive through southern Alaska and Northern British Columbia this summer, pulling a camper trailer.


Note: The above story is as it was originally reported in the Casper Star-Tribune, but Kenny's family has noted a few errors. The corrections are as follows:

Kenny only sold the ranch to his brother, Barton (Bud). Commander Stone was not involved in the purchase from Kenny, he bought a share of the ranch, with Bud, at a later date.

Kenny's son's name is Dan, not David as reported.