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Howard Cannon Sharp

07/17/1925 - 09/08/2019

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Howard Cannon Sharp was released from this world on September 8, 2019, encircled by his loving family. He will long be remembered for his love of family, adventurous spirit, kind service to others, and his sense of humor. Howard was born in Salt Lake City, Utah July 17, 1925, the son of Ira Bennion Sharp and Lois Cannon Sharp. In 1946, he married his sweetheart, Marjorie Taylor, in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from the University of Utah Medical School at the age of 22, and served his country in the Air Force. As an Obstetrician / Gynecologist he delivered over 12,000 babies. He founded the first chronic pelvic pain clinic for women at the University of Utah in 1987, and worked tirelessly to help increase the quality of life for his patients.

When he had free time, he could be be found fly fishing or horseback riding up the Weber, playing tennis, skiing, boating in the “Gravid Goose”, playing jazz piano by ear, reading, or traveling the world. If asked about how his day was going, he would likely reply: “Super deluxe, master-built, and fur-lined.”

He had a great love of the gospel of Jesus Christ and had the opportunity to serve a humanitarian mission to Ekaterinburg, Russia with his wife Marjorie, and as mission president in San Bernardino, California for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was humbled to be called as a Stake Patriarch. He enjoyed serving as a counselor in the Salt Lake Temple Presidency and as Temple President in Palmyra, New York, where he learned a greater love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is survived by Marjorie, his long-time loving, eternal companion of 73 years, his sister, Dorotha Smart, his brother, Robert Sharp, and his seven children: Margie Rogers (Gary), Becky Hamilton (Dean), Elizabeth McCune (Mark, deceased), Kathy Parker (Jon), Rosemary Davis (Terry), Howard T. Sharp (Kristie), and Suzanne Moffitt (Ron), as well as 27 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lois Wheatley and a grandson, Jonathon Sharp Parker. When asked, “How do you like having so many daughters?” He responded, “I like it so much, I specialized in them.”

A viewing will be held Thursday, September 12th at Larkin Sunset Lawn, located at 2350 East, 1300 South from 6-8 pm. His funeral will be held Friday, September 13th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Monument Park Stake Center, located at 1320 South Wasatch Drive, at Noon, with a viewing at 10:30 am. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery immediately following the funeral services. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send a donation to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation or the International Pelvic Pain Society.

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  • I just wanted you to know how much I loved Dr. Sharp. He not only delivered 3 of my 5 children he counseled me and taught me how to handle life’s little crises. He always had a smile on his face no matter what was going on. I will always have a fond and warm memory in my heart of this wonderful man.

    — Mari Lin Cox
  • I am sad to read of the passing of Dr Sharp. He delivered all four of my children. My husband as a police officer had delivered two babies, one just before our fourth child was born. He told doctor Sharp about his experience and said he would like to see a professional deliver a baby. When our son was born, Dr Sharp let him be in the delivery room and made our sons birth a training session for him. We/I loved him a lot, he was a wonderful doctor with a kind loving way. We send his family our condolences on his passing

    — Shirley and Richard Greenhalgh
  • We love this man so much! What an example of goodness and charity! He delivered me and our 2 daughters. Dr Sharp was a man of integrity, faithfulness, incredible talent and a desire to help. He had a great sense of humor and made people feel like they were important, and listened in a way you seldom see. It was such an honor to know him and his dear sweet wife. We love you both. My you all have the peace that only the Lord can give. With love and prayers!

    — Linda and David Soderberg

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