With great sadness, the City of Pendleton announces the sudden passing of City Council member Scott Fairley.
Mr. Fairley was just beginning the 4th year of his first term of office as a City Councilor but had been in public service for over 20 years. He was currently employed by the State of Oregon. He had also served on several public and community committees over the years including the Planning Commission, Airport Commission, Budget Committee, Farmers Market and Youth Soccer Association.
A long-time resident of Pendleton, Mr. Fairley graduated from Pendleton High School before attending the University of Oregon where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Communications and beginning his career in public service.
Mr. 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 Mayor John Turner. “To say we’re shocked and pained at the loss of Scott is a serious understatement.” He described Mr. Fairley as a thoughtful, hard-working, and an excellent member of the City Council. “His friendly, good-natured manner will be greatly missed.”
Councilor Fairley died of a medical incident occurring while on vacation in Mexico. Details are not available. Mr. Fairley is survived by his wife Kimbra, son Lieden Cook, mother Carolyn Frasier and sister Jennifer Peterson.