Clarence Edward Cannon died Sept. 3, 2009, at 1:20 a.m. at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River, Ore.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 1619 Tucker Road, Hood River.
He was born June 15, 1921, in Bird City, Kansas, to Westlake and Hazel Cannon and was the oldest of four children.
In March of 1941 he married Elaine Foster and they celebrated 61 years together before her death in February 2003.
After finishing school and leaving the family farm in Hood River, Clarence worked as a laboratory technician for Standard Oil Company, and then was employed as a construction superintendent for Jones-Scott Construction Company of Walla Walla, Wash. They built highways in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Over the years Clarence supervised many other paving projects. One that he was especially proud of was the constructing of the runways and taxi areas at the Portland International Airport.
In the late 1960s, he and Elaine moved back to Hood River to be near their families and help in caring for his aged parents until their passing. He established a seal-coating business there and worked side-by-side with his wife throughout the Northwest.
Since becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1971, he devoted his efforts to supporting his congregation, and the Kingdom work. Even though Clarence and his wife never had children, many young people throughout the years have come to think of them as their parents or grandparents.
One hobby he enjoyed was playing golf with his wife, brother, Rich, and many close friends.
But all of his family and friends knew he was a real cowboy at heart! In his younger days he loved rodeo. Clarence spent a lot of time on horseback! Living next door to his younger brother, Bill, for many years the two have had horses to ride and train and work with their cattle.
Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, and both of his parents as well as his sister, Ruth Mathiowitz, and one great-nephew, Zachary.
He is survived by his two brothers and their wives: Rich and Ruth and Bill and Joyce; and numerous nephews and nieces and grand- and great-nephews and nieces.
Clarence will be greatly missed by his family and his many, many friends. He was always honest, fair and truthful with everyone; you never had to wonder what he meant.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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