Paul Bennion Cannon, age 96, passed away at St. Joseph Villa in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 4, 1998, of causes incident to age.
He was the fifth child of Zina Bennion and John Mousley Cannon, and was born December 22, 1901 in Salt Lake City, Utah.He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Oa Jacobs Cannon, to whom he was married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 5, 1936, and his youngest brother, Sterling B. Cannon (Phyllis). Also surviving him are a son, Charles P. Lloyd (Alta), of Salt Lake City; Charlene Lloyd Mulkey, Costa Mesa, CA; Lynne Cannon Morgan (Kent), of Gaitherburg, MD; Kathryn Cannon Romney (Leonard), of Salt Lake City; 21 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Norma Lloyd Dean (Ross, also deceased).
Paul B.Cannon was born and raised on 7th East in Forest Dale, at the time a separately incorporated town near Salt Lake City, attended Forest Dale Elementary School, and LDS High School where he excelled in football and baseball as well as academics. Much time in his youth was spent herding sheep for the Bennion Livestock Co. at his father's ranch near Moffat Creek on the upper Weber river near Holiday Park. He had an early interest in the emerging field of radios and worked with the Baldwin Radio Company. When his father passed away, he faced a decision about future schooling and decided to attend Columbia University. After receiving his law degree, he returned to Salt Lake City, eventually becoming a partner in the firm of Cheeney, Marr, Wilkins, and Cannon, where he excelled in issues related to water rights, mining and estate settlement. He wrote property title standards in the 1930s, which are still in use today. Paul Cannon was always ready with a story about his beloved Weber River experiences and cabin, his life in New York City in the 1920s, and his familiarity with many of the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the early part of this century. He was remarkable for his commitment to learning throughout his life and his devotion to a wide range of subjects, becoming an expert in early American History (particularly on the life of George Washington), money systems, the gold standard, and horsemanship. Some of his best days were spent working with his American Saddle show horses and riding in the foothills and canyons around Salt Lake City, which he did into his late 80s. His family and friends remember him fondly for his generosity with his legal services and financial gifts.
Funeral services will be conducted 12 noon Sat., in the Forest Dale Ward, 739 East Ashton Ave, where friends may call Sat. 10:45-11:45 a.m. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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