One Year Later: Remembering John Kendall
April 28, 2022
John Kendall Young

One year ago, we were saddened to announce the passing of co-founder and CEO John Kendall. Today, we remember him as a visionary leader, a servant to his community, and a passionate husband and father. DK Security is committed to upholding the values that John championed throughout his extensive career, both as a law enforcement official and a community leader.

John Kendall had a distinguished career in law enforcement that spanned 32 years. His career included 13 years as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Michigan, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. He received five outstanding and distinguished service awards from two United States presidents and three attorneys general. Before becoming United States Marshal, he served as Undersheriff of Grand Traverse County, Michigan, and Chief of Police of Harbor Springs, Michigan. Additionally, he was in the United States Air Force, serving his country during the Vietnam War.

When John and his business partner, the late Robert DuHadway, started offering investigations and security services in 1995, a clear goal was set: to provide security services of the highest quality to clients, backed by a highly responsive management team. A commitment to client service established a reputation of excellence for DK Security that persists today.

Guided by John’s visionary leadership, DK Security ranks among the top 50 largest security companies in the country, with branches in four Michigan cities. The company was recently named among Michigan’s Top 25 Largest Veteran-Owned Businesses by Crain’s Detroit Business Journal. Additionally, for the past two years, the Grand Rapids Business Journal listed John as a Top 200 Business Leader in West Michigan.

John Kendall was a man of deep faith, filled with a passion for family, friends, and DK Security. We are committed to upholding the values that he championed throughout his years of service. The DK Security family would not exist without him, and we are eternally grateful for his stewardship and Christian example.

Thank you, John. Thank you for everything.

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