D. James Cannon died Thursday, March 5, 1998, in Salt Lake City, after a life of honorable service.
During years of physical struggle and disability, he remained good-natured, inquisitive, and industrious. The family expresses appreciation to the staff of the Salt Lake Home as well as to lifelong friends.Jim was the seventh and last child of Sylvester Quayle and Winnifred Irene Saville Cannon. He graduated from the University of Utah and studied at Washington & Lee and Stanford Universities. During World War II, he directed Educational Rehabilitation at Bushnell Army Hospital in Brigham City.
He began his career at the Deseret News and coordinated the 1947 Centennial Caravan. Jim and his partner Richard W. James ran a printing and publishing business. As Executive Secretary of the Sugar House Chamber, he was effective in saving the old State Prison site for the Sugar House Park. As Utah's Tourist and Publicity Director, he was a key figure in relocating and restoring the old Council Hall, now the home of Utah Travel Council on Capitol Hill. Jim was skillful in the Utah State Legislature, the Salt Lake County Planning Commission, and in campaigns for public office. He was an economic development consultant and a published author.
For the LDS Church he served a mission to Hawaii, had callings as bishop, high councilor, chairman of the General Aaronic Priesthood Correlation Committee, and a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple.
Jim married Elaine Winifred Anderson in the Salt Lake Temple on March 25, 1943. They had six children: James Quayle (Rebecca Russell), Carla Lani, Christine (deceased), Susan Elaine (F. Bryant McOmber), Jennifer Holly (Richard W. Metcalf) and Anthony Joseph (deceased survived by Katherine Wirthlin Cannon). There are 31 grandchildren and their spouses, and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Lucile (Wayne F. Richards).
RECEPTION: Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m., Larkin Sunset Lawn (2350 E. 1300 South).
FAMILY GATHERING: Monday, 11:30 a.m.
FUNERAL: Monday, March 9, 12 noon, Federal Heights chapel (Fairfax Road and Virginia St.).
BURIAL: Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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