Nov 18, 2011
by WLJ

Millard Eugene Kuykendall

Millard Eugene Kuykendall was born Oct. 23, 1929, and went to be with the Lord on Oct. 27, 2011.

Known as Gene, he will be missed by all his family and friends. Gene was born in Mayfield, OK. He grew up on a farm in western Oklahoma. He graduated from Sweetwater Oklahoma High School and obtained a B.S. in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University.

Throughout college, he worked at the Beef Cattle Center and was a member of the 1953 OSU NCAA Championship Livestock Judging Team. After two years in the service, he worked at numerous ranches. While there, he had a successful show string with champions. He was a herdsman at Warkentin Hereford Ranch in Lawton, OK, where, for several years, he showed and fitted champions in numerous fairs. He showed the grand champion female at the only world conference held in the U.S.

Gene began his work with beef cattle associations in 1963 when he was appointed director of field services for the American Polled Hereford Association. In 1970, he managed the Paul Deer Farm in Springfield, OH, and began his tenure with Beefmaster’s Breeders Universal (BBU) in April 1976. In August of the same year, he was appointed executive VP. While with BBU, he campaigned for and supported numerous performance programs; the weights and measures programs, BBU approved sales, and the merit breeder program. Gene was also instrumental in helping establish the Mexican BBU and developing markets for Beefmaster’s in Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Honduras, Australia and South Africa.

He served on several committees in the National Cattlemen’s Association, on the board of directors for the National Pedigreed Livestock Council, and as VP and president of the Beef Breed Council. Gene’s expertise and insight into the beef cattle industry made him one of the most well respected breed association leaders in the U.S.

Most recently, he was a director of the South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville, TX, and he was an active member of the Prayer Warriors class at the First Baptist church in Boerne, TX.

Though his life was full of many successes, his greatest success in life was loving and caring for his family and friends. He was always there for us and he was a great man. He will be missed deep in our hearts forever. And as Gene would have said, “I’m going fishing.”