YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, leaving a void in the nation and the Yuma community. Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls issued the following statement:
"Senator John McCain lived as a champion who fought for our nation and for Arizonans each day. He was a great friend to Yuma, in relentless support of our veterans and military installations, and cared deeply about the community's agriculture, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and every resident of Yuma. Senator McCain truly loved his visits to our community.
Senator McCain had been undergoing chemotherapy and various surgeries after doctors discovered glioblastoma, an aggressive tumor, in his brain in July 2017. He passed away on Saturday. The former Navy pilot, Vietnam prisoner of war, and Republican presidential nominee dedicated 30 years as a Senator for Arizona.rday, Aug. 25, at the age of 81. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff.
The City of Yuma and the Mayor and Council join all Arizonans in sending their deepest condolences to Cindy, his wife, and the entire McCain family during this difficult time.