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Obituary: William Cannon Fyffe

William Cannon Fyffe

1917 ~ 2007

A multi-talented man, William Cannon Fyffe "Grandpaugh" returned to his eternal home October 6, 2007 in Salt Lake City.Born September 6, 1917 in Checota, Oklahoma, to William Arthur Fyffe and Kogee McIntosh Fyffe, he lived a long, full life, touching many throughout his earthly journey.

One of five children, Bill joined the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camp at age 17, and later served in the US Navy, where he served his country selflessly. Perhaps among his family and friends, he is best known for his self-taught talent in the arts. He played the piano and guitar. He loved playing classical piano, as he would learn the notes of a piece, work out the rendition a section at a time, and then memorize it. An active member of the LDS Church, he served in many callings. He loved to sing in the ward choir, and treasured his calling as Music Director in priesthood meetings.

He was a talented knitter, spending countless hours knitting hats, sweaters, booties, and anything he thought would bring a smile to a lucky recipient. His greatest legacy will be his talent as a billboard and sign painter, which he worked at for 76 years. Refusing to retire from his job, he worked beyond his 90th birthday. He loved his work, and looked forward to painting every day. He will be well remembered by his paint speckled, white overalls that were visual proof of his love of painting.

Most important to William was his testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his membership in the LDS Church. One of his last conversations with his family members showed his testimony of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World", as he recited parts of the document, and urged his family to read it often, and become familiar with it.

A loving son, brother, father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be greatly missed. He is preceded in death by his sons, Donald Fyffe Sr., Glenn Fyffe, Douglas Bigler, and Ronald Fyffe. He is survived by his wife, Reta Fyffe, daughter-in-law, Sandra Fyffe, and stepson, Marlin Bigler, along with 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

"Grandpaugh" will be missed dearly by all of his family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 12 noon in the Mountain View 2nd Ward (1400 South 1900 East, SLC) Friends may call Saturday, at the ward from 9:45-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment Larkin Sunset Lawn. Funeral Directors, Russon Brothers, SLC. Online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund.