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1:07 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Kuykendall undergoes quintuple bypass surgery Friday

File photo<br>Marlin Kuykendall

File photo<br>Marlin Kuykendall

PRESCOTT - After suffering a heart attack on Thursday, Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall underwent coronary bypass surgery Friday morning.

Following a three-and-a-half-hour surgery, Kuykendall's family reported by mid-day that the mayor was resting comfortably after a successful quintuple bypass.

Prescott City Manager Steve Norwood reported Friday that Kuykendall went into surgery at Yavapai Regional Medical Center early that morning.

Norwood said he expects the mayor to be in intensive care for about two days, and then on to a recovery period, the length of which Norwood said was uncertain at this time.

Meanwhile, Mayor Pro Tem (vice mayor) Jim Lamerson will fill in for Kuykendall at city hall.

Lamerson said Friday afternoon that he expects to take on some of the mayor's responsibilities, but that he also would ask the other five council members to fill in as well.

"I will fill in, but I am also in the position to ask the other council members to help," Lamerson. "I think all five of them will step up to the plate."

While the City Council will move forward with crucial health and safety issues, Lamerson said other less-critical issues likely would wait until Kuykendall returns.

"I think (Kuykendall) is going to go through a speedy recovery - at least I hope he does," Lamerson said. "Hopefully, the mayor will be back in the early part of the year."

Kuykendall, 76, experienced chest pains Thursday morning while getting ready to participate in the Veterans Day Parade at the VA Hospital, and went by ambulance to YRMC.

According to a statement from the city, Kuykendall's family requests that well-wishers forward correspondence to Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ, 86302. City staff will deliver cards and flowers to the mayor.

Kuykendall took office as mayor about a year ago, after voters elected him to a two-year term.