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Mesa-Based Developer, Former U.S. Senate Candidate Wil Cardon Dies At 46

Wil Cardon

Wil Cardon, a Mesa-based real estate investor and developer who ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012, has died at age 46. He suffered from depression and took his own life, the Phoenix Business Journal reports.

The Cardon Group's portfolio now includes Subway and Dunkin' Donuts stores, among a number of other investments. Cardon's grandfather, who died in 1969, founded Cardon Oil Co., and his father grew the petroleum and gas-station business, expanding into convenience stores, as well as other real estate investment and development. 

The Cardon family donated $10M to build Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa.

Cardon's wife, Nicole, and his family released a statement about his death. In part it said: "It is no secret Wil struggled with depression. He tried mightily for his family, for himself and for all to overcome it. We are proud of how he faced this disease with openness and honesty. Today he reached a point and it finally took him, as it takes far too many."