Douglas Garth Cannon passed away on Aug. 29, 2009, in Moab. He died of a heart attack. At the time of his death, he was also battling lymphoma, and he had just learned that the cancer was going into remission.
Doug was born in Hurricane, Utah, on May 6, 1946, to Arnold and Ruth Cannon. He loved life and spent countless hours riding horses; hunting pheasant, deer, and elk; teasing all that would tolerate him; playing sports; and spending time with family and friends.
Doug served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England States Mission from 1965 to 1967. From his experiences there, he gained an unwavering and eternal testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Throughout his life, he had the opportunity to serve, early on as a bishop and recently as a stake president, though his favorite calling was that of husband and father. Doug loved to do good in the community. He enjoyed the annual Christmas toy and clothing drive for the Native American children of southeastern Utah.
Doug attended SUU, U of U, and BYU. He graduated from BYU, in accounting, in 1973.
While at BYU, he met his future wife, Joan Wilson. They married in the Salt Lake City Temple in 1973. They are the parents of seven wonderful children, in whom they have instilled a desire for all that is good and righteous.
Doug and Joan have lived in beautiful areas: Gig Harbor, Wash.; Liberty, Utah; and Moab.
Doug is survived by his wife, Joan, and their seven children, Doug (Rainee) Cannon, of Reno, Nev., Carrie (Micah Hammons) of Mesa, Ariz., Jackie (Joe Loosle) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Chad (Nachelle) Cannon of Portland, Ore., Colleen (Chad Foote) of Hattiesburg, Miss., and their youngest two sons, Kevin and Kyle Cannon, who are currently serving missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala and South Africa. Doug loved his nine grandchildren and the joy they brought to his life. He is also survived by his siblings and their families, Wes Cannon, of Toquerville, Utah, Scott Cannon, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Connie Gray of Hurricane, Utah.
Doug will be missed by all who had the chance to know, work, and associate with him. He loved and was loved by many. The family expresses their gratitude for the kindness that has been rendered in their behalf over the 11 years they have lived in Moab.
Funeral services will be held on Sept. 3, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center located at 701 Locust Lane, in Moab. A viewing will be held the evening before at the Stake Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, please contribute towards the Moab Third Ward, Mission Fund, on behalf of Doug’s two youngest sons.