Obituary: CANNON, HEBER STANLEY

Published: Thursday, April 24 2014 5:21 p.m. MDT

Heber Stanley CannonJune 20, 1925 ~ Feb 12, 2012Heber Stanley Cannon, 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully February 12, 2012 surrounded by his family. Stan was born on June 20, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the youngest of seven children born to George Jenkins and Lucy Grant Cannon. Stan was raised around many cousins in the Upper Avenues of Salt Lake, which was fondly referred to as "Grantsville." He was always proud of his heritage. He was the grandson of Heber J. Grant, for whom he was named, and the great grandson of George Q. Cannon.Stan graduated from West High School where he participated in many activities. He joined the Air Force during WWII and served as a pilot and instructor from 1943-1946. After the war he returned and completed his education, graduating from the University of Utah in Civil Engineering.On August 20th, 1946, Stan and Virginia Beesley were sealed by President David O. McKay in the Salt Lake Temple. They loved and cared for each other for 65 years.Stan owned his own business, Cannon Sales, for many years. He provided numerous life lessons for his children and their spouses as they worked alongside him.Stan was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His love for the Savior never wavered. He served in many church callings including bishop, high counselor, and counselor in several bishoprics. He influenced many people as the Gospel Doctrine teacher and as a guide on Temple Square where he served for 16 years. He was also a great support to Virginia in her callings, which included the General Primary Board and Presidency. Stan and Virginia also served as missionaries in the New York Utica Mission from 1994-1995, where they were greatly loved.Stan was called as a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple in 1996 by President Gordon B. Hinckley. One of his daughters and sixteen of his grandchildren were privileged to be sealed by this great man.Throughout his life, Stan loved the outdoors. He would rise very early each morning to work in his garden and yard. He had the best vegetables around and always shared them with the neighbors. He was a fisherman at heart and one of his favorite pastimes was to fish with his "fishing buddies" throughout the west and at the "Secret Ponds." Camping and boating were always planned in the summer and many youth from the ward and neighborhood learned to water ski behind his boat. He especially loved going to the family cabins in Brighton and Emigration Canyon. He was an avid University of Utah fan and attended many games.Stan is survived by his loving wife, Virginia, children Bryan (Dana) Cannon, (Lehi, Utah), Gary (Lisa) Cannon (Phoenix, Arizona), Scott (Karee) Cannon (Mesa, Arizona), Allison (Roger) Olson (Providence, Utah), Ann (Nathan) Clark (North Salt Lake, Utah), Carolyn (Joel) Wyner (Salt Lake City, Utah), 29 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, and his sister, Lucy Taylor. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Rachel, Florence, Irene, and Jean, and his brother George I.Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the Valley View 8th Ward chapel, 4395 South Albright Dr. (2145 East), Holladay, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday, February 17th from 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, and from 9:45-10:45 a.m., prior to the funeral service at the chapel. Online condolences may be left at larkinmortuary.com