Earl Thales Cannon was born August 18, 1938 in Tremonton, Utah, to Thales Byard Cannon and Ruth Jensen Cannon. He was the third of four children, having two older sisters and one younger sister. He grew up on a farm in Deweyville, Utah. He began working on the farm at a very early age and he had many responsibilities. His father taught him early in his life that the farm work had to be done. Only when it was finished could he play. When his work was done, he was free to take his fishing pole and go fishing in the nearby Bear River, practice shooting with his BB gun or play with friends. He continued this work ethic all his adult life.
Earl received his elementary education at the Deweyville public school. He graduated from Bear River High School in 1956 and received his college education at Utah State in Logan, Utah. He worked in Quality Control at Marquardt Corporation, Thiokol, and William International. He especially enjoyed the many years he worked at Williams International.
He met Kathryn Jones of Malad, Idaho in the summer of 1955. They were married September 5, 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple. They spent the first year of their marriage in Logan where Earl continued his education and Kathryn commuted to her job in Ogden. They were blessed with four children – three girls and one boy. Earl lived the last sixty years of his life in the beautiful city of North Ogden.
Earl loved gardening. He had fruit trees and each summer he always had a beautiful vegetable garden. He gave away any excess fruit and vegetables to friends, neighbors, and in his later years to the North Ogden Senior Center. Earl also enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was proud of having bagged a moose, and several trophy elks, as well as deer. He was a rockhound and many of the rocks he found had interesting fossils in them. He also loved reading. His favorite novels were westerns, but he also read non-fiction books on all sorts of subjects, especially history books.
Earl is survived by his wife, Kathryn; his son, Larry Earl (Blanca) Cannon of Harrisville; daughters, Cynthia (John) Weidman of Elwood, Utah; Laura Johnson of North Ogden; and Ellen Cannon of Ogden; four grandsons, one granddaughter, and two great-grandsons; sisters, Joann (J. Reuben) Oxborrow of Deweyville, Utah and Judy (Leonard) Burklow of Fari Oaks, CA. His oldest sister, Rita (Richard) Smith preceded him in death.