Beginning right after World War II and until 1965 Kenny Sailors and his wife, Marilynne, lived principally in western Wyoming. For a few years this new life overlapped with Kenny’s five seasons as a professional basketball player until 1951 when he retired from the NBA
They began as managers of the Jackson Lake Lodge and by the end of the 1940s had purchased the Heart 6 ranch near Moran Junction. This was the base of their lives and work until 1965 when they sold the ranch to Kenny’s brother, Bud, and moved to Alaska, thereby fulfilling a long-time dream to live there
At the Heart 6 the Sailors operated a dude ranch for a few years but eventually made the transition to a full scale and successful guiding and outfitting business. This rugged outdoor activity then became for a long time the center of Kenny’s professional life all the way until 1999
While living most of each year in the Jackson Hole area the Sailors also resided for periods in Cheyenne where Kenny helped his mother operate a convalescent home and where he was the recreation director for the City of Cheyenne in the early 1950s
Following his retirement from the NBA Kenny started a regional barnstorming basketball team based in Wyoming which lasted for a short while
While ranching in Wyoming Kenny was encouraged to get involved in politics to which he agreed. He ran for state office in the 1950s and for national office in the early 1960s. He stood as a Republican in each case
Another activity of Kenny’s during this period was as a leader of Boys’ State in Wyoming. He did this for 19 years. Boys’ State and the frequent number of basketball clinics he conducted for kids around Wyoming were symptomatic of his enthusiasm for community service – especially to young people - which would characterize Kenny’s citizenship wherever he lived for a long time to come
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