John Quayle “Jack” Cannon Jr. passed away December 27, 2017, at age 85. He lived and left this life as a man of integrity and kindness with an admiring family and countless friends.
Jack was born June 8, 1932, in Washington, D.C., to John Q. and Anna Laura Stohl Cannon. His formative years living on Hunt Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland, were filled with neighborhood games, basketball on the driveway court, family activities, and the formation of faith that would ultimately sustain him throughout his life.
A move in his early teens to Riverton, New Jersey, opened new horizons and relationships, most notably with cute Susie Daniels who lived down the street. Jack and Sue became a bit of an “item” while attending Moorestown Friends School, where Jack played basketball and soccer on the varsity teams. He later played baseball at Bates College, and a love and knowledge of sports was a fun and fulfilling part of his life.
Jack served in the United States Army from 1954-56 after high school graduation and attending some college. Prior to finishing his military service, Jack was blessed to marry the cute girl from Riverton, Susan Flora Daniels, on August 13, 1955. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake (LDS) Temple, and Jack adored Sue throughout his life. She preceded him in death on September 24, 2009.
Jack and Sue were known as a kind, loving and faithful couple who were devoted to each other and to their family and friends. People from many walks of life felt loved and accepted in their presence. Sue was an exceptional listener, and Jack loved regaling listeners with his many stories and making personal connections.
Strengthening family members and friends was always the primary focus of Jack’s and Sue’s lives, interwoven with their faith as devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. They served as ordinance workers in the St. George Utah Temple, in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission from 2001-03, and in other assignments as faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jack served as a bishop of the Cedar 12th Ward and always had deep love and appreciation for the good people with whom he lived and served. He and Sue also helped others consistently and comfortably in their day-to-day interactions regardless of ecclesiastical assignments.
Jack graduated from Bates College in 1957 and later earned a master’s degree from Brigham Young University. He was a distribution analyst for Mobil Oil Company in New York City and spent the majority of his career at Southern Utah University as Director of Financial Aid and Director of Career Placement until retirement in 1995.
Jack is survived by four children: Michael (Shauna) Cannon of Rexburg, Idaho; Dian (Ralph) Morrison of Millcreek City, Utah; Martha Ann (Nathan) Johnson of Warrenton, Virginia; John (Brooke) Cannon of American Fork, Utah; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister Jane (James) King of Salt Lake City; sister Ann VanWagoner of Alpine, Utah; and his sweet schnauzer, Lucy.
A funeral celebrating Jack’s life was held at noon on Friday, January 5, at the Cedar City Rock Church, 75 E. Center Street, with Bishop Lee Hulet officiating. A visitation took place that morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N. 300 W., and at the mortuary on Thursday, January 4, from 6-8 p.m. Interment was in the Cedar City Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the many kind and skilled caregivers, medical professionals and friends who supported Jack during his battle with cancer. Online condolences may be sent to www.southernutahmortuary.com