Pendleton city councilman dies suddenly while vacationing in Mexico

Pendleton City Councilman

PENDLETON, Ore. – Pendleton City Councilman Scott Fairley died suddenly while vacationing in Mexico, the City of Pendleton announced Wednesday.

Officials said Fairley died from a medical incident but did not go into further detail. He is survived by his wife Kimbra, son Lieden Cook, mother Carolyn Frasier and sister Jennifer Peterson.

Fairley was just beginning the fourth year of his first term on the Pendleton City Council. He had been in public service for over 20 years, serving on several public and community committees in Oregon.

A longtime Pendleton resident, Fairley graduated Pendleton High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Oregon.

According to a news release, Fairley was a dedicated public servant, and as a city councilor, he was a strong advocate for establishing goals to drive and measure progress and improvement. He had a reputation for being forward-thinking and not afraid to ask the hard questions.

“We are like family at our city,” said Pendleton Mayor John Turner. “To say we’re shocked and pained at the loss of Scott is a serious understatement.”

He described Fairley as a thoughtful, hard-working, and an excellent member of the City Council.

“His friendly, good-natured manner will be greatly missed,” Turner said.