Lynne Thomas Cannon

1943 ~ 2022

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Lynne Thomas Cannon passed away on December 10, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 79.

Lynne was born February 10, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Owen and Ruby Fechser Thomas. She attended Dilworth Elementary School, Evergreen Junior High School, and graduated from Olympus High School in 1961. She went on to study fine art and painting at the University of Utah. One of the highlights of her life was being called to serve an LDS mission to Brazil in 1964. She had many wonderful experiences and met lifelong friends during her mission. She spoke often of her love for the people of Brazil and the lasting impact of this experience on her life. Shortly after returning from her mission, she met Joel Reynolds Cannon. They were married on June 16, 1967, in the Salt Lake LDS temple, and she was welcomed into the loving and supportive Cannon family. Lynne continued to pursue her love for art, painting primarily in watercolor. She completed many beautiful paintings that are treasured by her family and friends. Later, when her children were older, she became a scenic artist and designer working for Promised Valley Playhouse and Pioneer Memorial Theater in Salt Lake City. She was able to return to school and complete a degree in Theater at Central Missouri State University in 1993. Attending university later in life was a wonderful experience and one she often recalled with fond memories.

Lynne was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints throughout her life. She dedicated her life to her family and church service. She was a knowledgeable scholar of scripture who loved to discuss her insights on the gospel with others. Lynne was a skilled and favorite Sunday school teacher in many of the congregations to which she belonged. Her love for and dedication to her Savior, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father were central to her life. Though she experienced painful and difficult losses throughout her life, her tremendous faith remained unwavering and brought her joy and comfort. She was an unselfish person who thought of others before herself and reached out to many people in her lifetime to offer friendship, love, compassion, understanding, and kindness. She made friends easily and was loved wherever she went because she opened her heart to those around her without judgement. Her family will remember her as a selfless and loving mother and grandmother who spent many years providing daily care for her grandchildren.

Lynne was preceded in death by her husband Joel, her son George, her parents Owen and Ruby, her brothers Terry and Spencer, and her sister Marsha. She is survived by her five children: Steven (Tamara) Cannon, Clearwater, FL; Sally Cannon, Salt Lake City; Anne Cannon, Salt Lake City; Alice (Victor) Correa, Smithville, MO; and Joel Cannon, Jr., Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren (Sacha (Sam), Alima (Marcus), Christian, Austin, Annika, Mya, Truman, Ashton, Tenney, and Jack) and one great-grandson (Bradford). She is also survived by two brothers: James (Susan) Thomas and David (Sandra) Thomas, and special friend and caretaker Vanessa Joie.

The family would like to thank her doctors at IHC Salt Lake Clinic and University of Utah Madsen Health Center, especially Dr. Jeffrey Twitchell, all her caretakers at Beehive Homes, and many wonderful friends and neighbors for their kindness and care over the past few months and years.

A viewing will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT on Thursday, December 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at the Crestview Chapel 2795 East Crestview Dr. SLC, UT on Friday, December 16: Viewing 9:00 – 9:45 AM; Funeral 10:00 AM. Interment will be in the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

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I have fond memories of Lynn and know she and my mother and father were special friends with her and Joel. Now they are all together up in heaven I'm sure having a great time. My sincerest condolences thoughts and prayers to your family. I know that separation is tough.

- Heidi Putz

My condolences on the passing of your mother. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

- Lisa Beaird

This was a shock. I am sorry that I didn't get another opportunity to tell you thank you and express my love and appreciation for you and your family. You made me feel loved, supported, and encouraged during a critical time in my life. I have looked back often and realize how crucial that support was. I love and appreciate you. I look forward to seeing you after this probationary time to prepare. There is much to look forward to.
You are beautiful in so many ways. Thank you, so much.

- James Gordon

Lynne and I met when we started our Relief Society callings in the LDS Church. She was the education Counselor. I was called as Humanitarian Counselor. We soon became very good friends. We shared many conversations about the unusual but similar traits of my Dad and Lynne’s husband, Joel. I would tell her “Dad” stories and she would amusingly say, that sounds like something Joel would do.

We laughed a lot over many things. She had such marvelous insight and would often help me understand people .

I am so thankful that I commissioned Lynne to paint me a water color painting. She was so talented.

I will certainly miss her and look forward to being with her again on the other side.

- Deanne Randaall