Al McCandless(1927 - 2017)

Al McCandless, long-time Indio businessman, former U.S. Congress- man, and community leader died August 9, 2017, at his La Quinta home. Al was born in Brawley, CA, July 23, 1927, to Max and Fleta McCandless. He attended Los Angeles City schools before joining the United States Marine Corps and deploying to Japan in 1945. Al graduated with a BA from UCLA then re-entered the Marines, graduated from the Naval Air Intelligence School, then continued service during the Korean Conflict. Al continued in the Marine Reserves through 1961, leaving the Corp as a Captain. Al and his father established McCandless Motors in Indio in 1953. Al's commitment to public service began when he joined Rotary International as a young businessman. In 1972, he was elected to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. During his Board of Supervisors tenure he also sat on the Riverside County Housing Authority, helped found and lead the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Coachella Valley's Sunline Transit Agency. Governor Ronald Reagan called upon Al to serve on numerous statewide initiatives including Welfare Reform and the Commission of the Californias. In 1982, Al was elected as the 37th District's Representative to the U.S. Congress and served in Congress for the next twelve years. When Al retired from Congress, he became an active volunteer leader in Building Horizons, The Boys and Girls Club and the College of the Desert's Citizen's Oversight Committee. Al is survived by his children, Cristina and Al. Graveside service is on Monday, August 14, 2pm, at Coachella Valley Public Cemetery, 51990 Jackson Street. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at a future date.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, 2017