Maurice John Scanlon, born April 1, 1915, passed away on June 23, 1999 at the Highland Cove Rest Home in Salt Lake City after enduring years of the effects of a heart attack followed by a stroke. Son of Maurice Joseph Scanlon and Lavina Jenkins.
He married his angel, Ruth Merle Solomon on December 17, 1936 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They moved to the Los Angeles area, where he could pursue his schooling in the commercial art field. They lived in Los Angeles and Arcadia for many years, but then moved back to Salt Lake City in 1963.They raised a family of three, Shauna Shuppy (daughter); Michael (Becky) Scanlon (son); Timothy (Kathy) (son). He has eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. His great-grandchildren call him "Grandpa Smacker".
He continued to work "free lance" and prospered well in Salt Lake. His entire working career was in the commercial art field, specializing and mastered Spenserian Round Hand Script. After retiring he painted pictures of Hawaii.
Maurice and Ruth loved to travel together and once they discovered Hawaii, went there every year for 19 years and also traveled to Europe.
He was professor of hand letting for nine years with BYU, Provo and said "that was the best nine years of his life, woring with beautiful people".
He loved golf, sailing his boat, "the Shauna" in the Pacific Ocean, and especially his "angel of mercy," Ruth, who took care of him for 11 years after his stroke. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, a devoted father and husband, enjoying his profession and always strived for perfection.
Graveside Services will be held Monday, June 28, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 So. Highland Dr. Friends and family may call Sunday at Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 So. Highland Dr. from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday from 9:30-10:30 at the Mortuary.
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