Vearl Bacon
Kansas National Committeeman

Vearl Bacon¹s daughter, Dea Anne Corns, recently sent word that her father died last April 5th. He was 83 and had served on the Prohibition National Committee since 1999.
      Prior to that, however, he had run for office in Kansas many times: In 1958, he was a candidate for State Representative in District 64 (McPherson County) (303 votes / 3.55%); in 1962, he ran for Governor (6248 / 0.98); in 1968, he ran for Insurance Commissioner (17,787 / 2.32 [his highest vote]); in 1970, he ran for Attorney General (8933 / 1.26); in 1974, he ran for Treasurer (16,785 / 2.33); in 1978, he ran again for Attorney General (12,294 / 1.67); in 1982, he ran for State Representative in District 105 (Lyons)(857 / 12.88 [his highest percentage]); and in 1984, he ran for Congress in District 5 (2282 / 1.22).
      Bacon's wife, Delores, served one term on the Prohibition National Committee, 1991-95. She survives her husband, but she is no longer active in our Party.
      Vearl Bacon was born in McPherson County, Kansas in 1922. He attended McPherson (city) schools and graduated from McPherson High School in 1940. He then worked for the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas until being drafted in 1942. He was a corporal in the Army Air Corps, being discharged at the end of WWII.
      After the end of his Army service, Vearl attended Wichita University, then went to Colorado for training as a watchmaker. Afterward, he operated "Bacon¹s Jewelry Store" in McPherson.
In 1955, he commenced employment with the NCRA, working first in various production departments, then becoming a co-ordinator/scheduler. He retired from the NCRA in 1987 and returned to McPherson.
      Bacon married Delores Juanita Powell on 28 June 1942. They had 10 children, all of whom survive, as do also one brother and one sister. At the time of his death, Vearl had 42 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
      Vearl Bacon was typical of late-20th-Century Prohibitionists in that he felt a religious obligation to support the Prohibition Party. Doing so was part of his personal witness, of his daily walk with the Lord. Testimonials placed on the family website ( by relatives and friends include phrases such as "having love for all his fellow men ... until the last beat of his heart," "I am glad for the Christ-like influence he has had on my life," and "he lived out his convictions to the very end, even voting early so his ballot could be counted in this week¹s election" (he died on election-day morning).