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Dan Cannon’s enthusiasm for art and life impacted all who met him. He was well known for his community service and sense of humor.
January 28, 2014
MONMOUTH — Dan Cannon taught art, but more than that, he used art to teach. His enthusiasm for art and life impacted all who met him.
"He was a very generous, kind, wonderful man," said Leta Edwards, colleague and friend. "He had more energy than most people his age I've ever known. I'm really going to miss him as a friend."
Cannon was a founding member of the River Gallery in Independence and funded the Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery of Art at Western Oregon University, where he had spent 30 years as a professor in the art department.
Cannon died Jan. 7 of pneumonia, a complication of Parkinson's disease. He was 85.
"There was a magic," said lifelong friend and colleague Peter Stone. "We had Camelot, just an amazing place."
Cannon knew that art was integrated in learning other subjects, including math, history and patterns, Stone said.
"There's so much and that relates to all the academics," he said.
Stone and Cannon were friends for 61 years, and Stone said it has been an amazing trip.
"Dan was exceptional," he said. "I miss him."
Cannon was an advocate of the arts both in the university and in the community, said WOU art professor Kim Hoffman.
"He contributed to the gallery and made it possible for us to have guest speakers and scholarships for students," Hoffman said. "That was significant, and that reflects the way he was here, too."
Cannon was a member of the Central Lions Club for a long time, and often shared his stories over lunch with fellow Lions, said Gene Lund.
He was a founder of the Monmouth-Independence Art Association, and organized many art-based activities for the community, she added, including a parade of yellow umbrellas in 2006 from Monmouth to Independence, "just because."
"He had a tremendous sense of humor," Lund said.
Kathy Zehner, of the Lions Club and Central School Board, said Cannon was a "life-long learner."
"He was passionate about life," she said.
To read Cannon's obituary and for more information about planned services, see Page 6A.