Wil Cardon, Jeff Flake's 2012 Primary Opponent, Dead at 46

27 August 2017  
Wil Cardon, a frequent visitor to Yavapai County during the 2012 primary election, has died. He was only 46. 

According to his wife, Nicole Cardon, Wil committed suicide. 

In her statement on Wil’s passing, Nicole wrote:

"Today a father, husband, son, brother and friend to so many left our family to be with the greatest angels, of which he will now be one. 

"The only thing that can ease tears at a moment like this is remembering Wil’s smile that was as wide as Arizona, especially when it came to our five children. 

"His gregarious approach to life, business, our family and his faith enriched all who were fortunate to enjoy his warm embrace. 

"I know first hand the incredible love he had for people. Although highly successful in both the business and philanthropic arenas, I think the moments I witnessed with our children, helping a person on the side of the road, or even applying to be a high school football coach are what gave him the most joy. 

"It is no secret Wil struggled with depression. He tried mightily for us, for himself and for all to overcome it. We are proud of how he faced this disease with openness and honesty. Today it finally took him, as it takes far too many. 

"Few would want to say more about the person we will remember forever than our family, but we hope our privacy can be respected to grieve, and to plan a tribute that has come far too early.”

Wil Cardon was a businessman, politician and a philanthropist. He and his family donated $10 million to build the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa. 


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