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1/20/2014 11:47:00 AM
Donald Ross Cannon

Donald Ross Cannon, of Seattle, Wash., father of Linda and Leslie, Euro-traveler, handsome gentleman, and charming optimist died on January 12, 2014 of lung cancer. He was 77. He passed away peacefully in Chelan at Regency Manor with his daughters by his side.
He was born in Glendive Montana in 1936 to Harvey James Cannon, a train conductor, and Julia Rose Knoll Cannon. He grew up in Spokane and graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1954. He then served in the Air Force and was stationed at Fairchild AFB and served as an Air Traffic Controller. After the military, he enrolled at the University of Washington and in 1959 married Bonnie Lu Riegel of Spokane. In 1960, he graduated from the UW with a degree in Business Administration and worked as an agent for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance.
In 1970, he and Bonnie decided to move the family to their favorite vacation spot, Lake Chelan. There, he had several jobs including deputy sheriff, fruit broker and disk jockey at KOZI Radio and Santa. In 1972, Don and Bonnie purchased the former Jobe's and turned it into a vacation destination called Cannon's Resort. For over two decades, he was one of Lake Chelan's prominent community leaders. He was elected to Chelan City Council, served as Mayor Pro-Tem, was President of Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce and President of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). He was elected and served as a Chelan County Port Commissioner. He was the organizer and Commodore of the annual Lake Chelan Sail Boat Regatta. He was a member of Lake Chelan Rotary.
In 1976, Don ran for State Representative (and lost) as a Republican. He was thoroughly interested in politics and eventually switched parties. In 2008, he was a delegate for Barack Obama.
Don and Bonnie divorced in 1981 and sold the resort. He continued to work in the hospitality industry at Campbell's Resort in Chelan. In 1989 he moved to the Seattle area and briefly owned and operated Ravenswood Gallery in Pioneer Square, and then worked at Inn at the Market in Seattle until he retired in 1999.
Don was an avid outdoorsman, photographer and naturalist. He was a member of the Mountaineers and the Hi-Lakers. After retiring, he completed the WSU Master Gardener course. In 2008, a solo exhibition of his photography was held at the Golden West Gallery at the Park Headquarters in Stehekin. He also spent his retirement travelling to Europe, taking numerous trips solo or with his daughters to France, Italy, England, Ireland, Russia, Sweden and Croatia. He will be remembered as a handsome well-dressed gentleman who loved his two daughters, cats, blue glass, crime shows, Husky Football and Christmas.
He is survived by his two daughters, Linda Lu Cannon (Ian McFail) of Seattle; Leslie Dee Fichtner (Timothy Fichtner) of Chelan; his long-time sweetheart, Carol Ann Stevens of Seattle; his friend and mother of his children Bonnie Cannon Cammack (Gordon) of Chelan; sister Sally Casey (Pat) of Rathdrum, Idaho; sister Marilyn Hill Moore (Denis) of Mead, Wash.; brother Gary Cannon (Joanne) of Sandpoint, Idaho; and his beloved 20 year old cat, Rosie.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother James (Jim) Cannon.
Per his wishes, there will be no public memorial service.
Remembrances can be mail to Squirty's Fund, Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital, PO Box 1238, Chelan, WA 98816. A Good Samaritan Fund used to treat animals who are ownerless or owned by clients that cannot pay for care.



Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Cannon

Thank you, Ruth, for doing an awesome job on the obituary!



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