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Obituary: CORDON, NOLAN

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 1 2014 3:19 a.m. MDT

Nolan Ralph Cordon 1930 ~ 2011

Nolan Ralph Cordon, 81, of North Salt Lake died Wed, April 6, following a lingering illness.He was born Feb 3, 1930, to Audrey and Edgar Cordon in Driggs, ID. He had a wonderful childhood riding horses, working on the family farm and finding ways to get into mischief. He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict and was given an honorable discharge in Sept 1951. In 1952 he married his childhood sweetheart Roberta Larsen, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He attended Idaho State University and the University of Oregon medical school. He settled in Petaluma, CA, where he had a long and fulfilling medical career. He began as a general practitioner, delivering babies, performing surgeries and even making house calls. He transitioned to alternative medicine in the late 1970's, and was one of the first medical acupuncturists in the nation. In 2005 he married a longtime dear friend, Peggy Roberts. He served as a Boy Scout High Adventure leader, and touched numerous boys' lives as he led them on 50 mile hikes in the High Sierras of California. His service for the LDS Church included Bishop and Stake President. He also served as medical advisor, with his first wife Roberta, to 25 Eastern Seaboard missions in 2002-2003, and worked in the Boise, ID and Bountiful, UT Temples alongside his wife Peggy. He was an intelligent man known for his charm and sense of humor. His kind and gentle manner endeared himself to many over the years. He was a caring father and grandfather. He was a member of the Foxhill Ward, North Salt Lake Stake. Survived by his wife Peggy (Roberts) Cordon; children Shelly Teuscher (Dave) and Scot Cordon of Salt Lake City; Derek Cordon (Bonnie) of Brazil (formerly of Bountiful, UT); and Megan Bakaitis (Jim) of Lexington, IL; stepsons Russell Roberts of CA; Sid Roberts of ID; and Nathan Roberts of PA; sister Delma McAfee of WA; brother Ret. Col Shelby Cordon (Barbara) of AZ; sister-in-law Donna Douglass of ID; and brother-in-law Dan Larsen of CA; 11 grandchildren. Predeceased by his first wife, Roberta; two brothers, Nelson and Darrell Cordon; sister Kola Cordon; and step-son Gregory Roberts. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at the LDS chapel on 200 S. Eagle Ridge Blvd., N. Salt Lake. A Memorial Service in Petaluma, CA will follow at a later date. Graveside ceremony Wednesday, April 13 at noon at the Driggs, ID cemetery, his final resting place. Friends may call Monday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Funeral Home, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful or Tuesday, April 12 9:45-10:45 at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Humanitarian Aid fund, a Latter-day Saint Charity, 50 East North Temple Street, Floor 7, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 or www.ldsphilanthropies.org View a detailed life sketch at www.russonmortuary.com