Calvin 'Cal' Jerome Cannon
Calvin J. Cannon, 70, passed away at 5:30 a.m., April 20, 2016, with his wife by his side at their home in Bend, Ore. after a short but intense battle with abdominal cancer.
Cal was born April 15, 1946 in Petaluma, Calif. to Dorothy "Jean" Stock and Burnett Jerome Cannon. He spent his childhood years on the family dairy farm, where from an early age he flourished in the country setting, which afforded him the opportunities to develop his love for the outdoors. As a child, Cal displayed many obvious talents for fishing and hunting; activities and experiences he cherished and shared with his family and friends throughout his life.
Cal always preferred practical experience and hard work as a means to learn life's lessons. He desired to see the world rather than hear about it behind a desk. He left high school early to join the United States Army during the Vietnam War at age 17. After his service with the Army, Cal returned to Petaluma where he married his first wife, Patricia May Smith in 1970. In 1973 their son, Ryan Jerome Cannon was born in Petaluma, Calif. They later divorced. During these years, Cal's developing career path took an opportunistic turn when he became employed by a small, visionary company called McCaw Cablevision. Cal enjoyed great success in this industry as it rapidly transitioned into the birthplace of wireless communications.
Cal settled in the Seattle area in the late 1980s. It is there that he met his soon-to-be wife and best friend, Lisa Jean Shanning. The two moved to Bend, Ore were Cal helped found Edge Wireless, a successful Bend-based rural wireless communications provider. Shortly after, the two decided to make Bend their permanent home and married on August 9, 1998. During this time, Cal also developed his talents for commercial real estate development, engaging in a large number of projects in the Bend community. His contributions to the business community were many, as he selflessly lent his time, resources, and expertise to assist in the creation of many local businesses.
In the final quarter of his life, Cal was able to return to his country roots as he sought solace on his cherished ranch land in Central Oregon. It is there that he displayed his true love for wide-open spaces as he nurtured the land and animals alike. It is there that he spent some of his happiest days with family and friends. It is there that he and Lisa sought refuge from the world and enjoyed their love together. It is there that he, his son Ryan, and their friends hunted together every year. It is there that Cal passed on his hunting knowledge to his grandson.
Throughout his life, Cal's greatest love was for the time he spent with family and friends. His truest talents were displayed in his interpersonal relationships. He showed an uncanny ability to make close friends with the most distant of strangers. To know him was to love him; he cared deeply for all he met. His presence enriched every situation for the better; eliminating social anxiety in others and putting people at ease with a familiar and unassuming humor that was his trademark. His grand personality was the embodiment of the indomitable male, yet he often displayed a genuine and complex sensitivity and sense of caring that contrasted his rugged exterior. His humility and love for all was an inspiring aspect of his influential life. He is an irreplaceable face and voice that many have come to rely on for guidance, levity, wisdom, and companionship. He was a pillar, and a truly honorable man.
Cal is survived by his wife, Lisa; his son, and pride of his life, Ryan and his wife, Shannon, their children and Cal's sweet and precious grandchildren, Kaylee (15) and Bryson (12); his sister, Sherry Bonfigli; and his mother, Jean Bastow.
A celebration of Cal’s life will be held from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Old Mill Backstage adjacent the amphitheater in Bend, Ore. with remarks around 2:30 pm. We welcome you to share your treasured memories and stories of Cal’s life. Your prepared written remarks and photos will be collected at the event to be later organized into a memorable collection for the family. Cal’s obvious preference would have been comfortable casual attire so you can relax and enjoy yourselves among friends.