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Donald Cannon, ‘Doc’

Don Cannon
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During the early morning hours of Aug. 29, 2004, Donald Cannon, “Doc,” died unexpectedly, but peacefully, at his home in South Lake Tahoe. He was 71.

A resident of South Lake Tahoe since 1959, Don contributed greatly to the community on both a professional and charitable level. After graduating from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Don practiced at Lake Tahoe for 42 years with his wife and partner, Lorna, who ran the front desk. He was fiercely dedicated to his profession and truly loved treating his many patients throughout the years.

Don served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also served his community at South Lake Tahoe, where he was president and coach of Little League and volunteered his time to lay sod on the fields and install fences. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe for 36 years, as well as a past president of the service organization. He gave very generously to many other local organizations and never declined care to a person who needed help. A big man with a big heart, he was known for his upbeat humor. He would scout out local banks and businesses who were known to have secret stashes of candy.

Don and Lorna lived life well together, traveling the world and providing their family with many great memories of life at Lake Tahoe. Although Don and Lorna just recently retired, they never waited for retirement to have fun. Upon his retirement, Don turned over his beloved practice to Dr. James Cain and his partner, Corinne. Don and Lorna gave their hearts and souls to healing people naturally through chiropractic and nutrition. He loved what he did and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and patients.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, partner and mother of his sons, Lorna; sons, Rick and Bob; son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Cheryl, and their children Tucker and Macy, whom “Grandpa Don” dearly loved.

An honorary service will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 3 at 414 Christie Court in the Tahoe Keys. Parking is limited and car pooling is recommended. A time will be set aside for anyone who wishes to share stories and memories of Don.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc., 1485 Cherry Hills Circle, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or to Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, P.O. Box 17846, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96156.

The next time you think of Doc, a smile and a silent “thank you” will do.


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