Jackson County Leaders Mourn Longtime Legislator Fred Arbanas

The former Kansas City Chiefs legend served at the courthouse FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS and was one of the most reliable leaders throughout the metro.

Here's first word of his passing:

Fred Arbanas, former Chiefs player and Jackson County legislator, has died according to county party

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- Former Kansas City Chiefs player and Jackson County Legislator Fred Arbanas has died. The Jackson County Democratic Party announced his death on Saturday. "We are sad to learn about the passing of longtime Jackson County Legislator and advocate Fred Arbanas," the party said in a tweet.


  1. No. 84
    Position: Tight end
    Personal information
    Born: January 14, 1939 (age 82)
    Detroit, Michigan
    Career information
    College: Michigan State
    NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 2 / Pick: 22
    (By the St. Louis Cardinals)
    AFL draft: 1961 / Round: 6 / Pick: 9
    Career history
    Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs (1962–1970)
    Career highlights and awards
    5× AFL All-Star (1962–1965, 1967)
    6× All-AFL (1962–1967)
    AFL All-Time Team
    3× AFL champion (1962, 1966, 1969)
    Super Bowl Champion (IV)
    Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame
    Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
    Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
    Career NFL statistics
    Receptions: 198
    Receiving Yards: 3,101
    Touchdowns: 34

    During his career with the Chiefs, Arbanas held a full-time position with Fordyce Material and later with Kansas City Coca-Cola Bottling Company as Promotion Director.

    He is a member of the board of directors for North American Savings Bank. He is retired from Fred Arbanas, Inc. which was founded in 1970.

    He is a longtime Jackson County, Missouri legislator beginning in 1973 and four-time Chairman of the Legislature (1974, 1975, 1988, and 1989). In recognition of his many years of service to Jackson County, in 1999 the Longview Lake Golf Course was renamed Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake. On January 22, 2013, Arbanas' legislative colleagues presented him with a 40-year service pin.

    In 1992, he ran in the Democratic primary against incumbent U.S. Congressman Alan Wheat, but Wheat won with 58.2 percent of the vote to Arbanas' 37.5 percent.

    Arbanas currently lives with his wife Sharon Arbanas in Lee's Summit, Missouri. He has four children and eight grandchildren. Fred serves on the Jackson County Legislature in Kansas City, Missouri, and began serving as Temporary County Executive on January 4, 2016. He has also had a golf course named after him. The Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake is a favorite for many Kansas City golfers.

  2. His receptions and receiving yards were Chiefs records far tight ends until broken by Tony Gonzalez. And to top it off, he was blind in one eye! Think about that!

  3. Just think about how much money he stole from Jackson County taxpayers and put in the Hunts and their beauty queens back pockets!

  4. ^^^ Careful, Tony has been cancelling comments like this!!!

    Free speech site, my ass.


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