George I. Cannon

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George I. Cannon
Photograph of George I. Cannon
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 6, 1986 (1986-04-06) – April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Transferred to Second Quorum of the Seventy
Second Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01) – October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
End reason Honorably released
Personal details
Born George Ivins Cannon
(1920-03-09)March 9, 1920
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died August 4, 2009(2009-08-04) (aged 89)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

George Ivins Cannon (March 9, 1920 – August 4, 2009) was a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and was a general authority of the church from 1986 to 1991.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cannon was the son of George J. Cannon and Lucy Grant Cannon, a leader of the youth in the LDS Church. His maternal grandfather was Heber J. Grant, the president of the LDS Church. His paternal grandfather was Abraham H. Cannon, who also was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Abraham H. was a son of George Q. Cannon, an early member of the church's First Presidency.

As a young man, Cannon served as an LDS Church missionary in the church's Central States Mission. After his mission, he served in the United States Air Force during the Second World War. In 1946, he began attending Brigham Young University.

After graduating from BYU, Cannon became a vice president of Beneficial Life Insurance Company in Salt Lake City. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and served on the Great Salt Lake Council of that organization.

Prior to his call as a church general authority, Cannon served in the church as a bishop, stake president, patriarch, temple sealer, and Regional Representative of the Twelve Apostles. He was also the president of the church's Central British Mission in the mid-1960s. From 1969 to 1972, Cannon was an assistant and counselor to W. Jay Eldredge, the general superintendent of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association.

Cannon became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church in April 1986. In 1989, he was transferred to the newly created Second Quorum of the Seventy, where he served until being released as a general authority in 1991. Cannon was subsequently asked to become the president of the Salt Lake Temple, a position he held from 1993 to 1996.[1]

Cannon was married to Isabel Hales and was the father of seven children. He died at his home in Salt Lake City at age 89.[2]

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