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Louis Bellamy Cardon


1928 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
January 6, 1928 ~ December 3, 2017
Our loving father passed away Dec. 3, 2017 at the age of 89. Dad was born Jan. 6, 1928 in Mesa, Arizona to Louis Sanders and Winafred Bellamy Cardon. He learned the value of work, education, integrity, and faith in Jesus Christ in his home. He was close to his older sister Brookie, and his 3 younger brothers; Marriner, Phillip and Grover.
He graduated from the University of Arizona before serving an LDS mission to the Franco-Belgium mission. Serving in France inspired him to pursue his professional desires of teaching history and his personal desires towards a certain Sister Missionary. He married his sweetheart Robin (Harriet Ann Robinson) in the Mesa, Arizona temple on Dec. 22, 1953.
While working on his degree, Dad and Mom also worked on starting their family: Becky (Greg) Smith, Scott (Kathy) Cardon, and Carol (Mike) Dyer. After receiving his Ph.D. in modern European History from the University of California at Berkely, he began teaching at BYU. He moved his family to France several times while teaching/directing the University's Semester-Abroad Program, thus sharing the French culture with his children. Dad was a gifted teacher, loving particularly to teach his children to swim, water ski, snow ski, hunt, camp, and hike. Dad relished wholesome recreational family activities.
Dad had a great love for the gospel of Jesus Christ, serving as a Branch President in Paris and as a Bishop at BYU. He was particularly gifted with languages, picking up accents quickly, which he used to great advantage in his service as an ordinance worker in the Provo, Utah temple. He loved to assist the international missionaries from the MTC in their native tongues.
Mom and Dad left their temple work in Utah to serve as senior missionaries at the Swiss temple in Zollikofen, Switzerland. Not surprisingly, Dad built a Swiss chalet in Midway, Utah, a family gathering place for their 11 grandchildren; Melissa (Jeff) Smith, Shane Smith, Erik (Amanda) Smith, Michelle (Todd) Jaramillo, Landon Cardon, Nathan Cardon, Chantal (Jerry) Tibbitts, Zac (Nicole) Cardon, Devin (Carolynn) Dyer, and Alicia (Steve) Taylor. They also have 21 great-grandchildren who now share in the joys of four-wheeling up the hill, sledding down the road and a hillside slip-n-slide.
Dad lived his last months at Legacy Assisted living in Provo. We thank the kind staff for their tender care. He exemplified, as the Apostle Paul, "in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Dad has now joined his loved ones who preceded him in death: his sweetheart Robin (who passed away in March), his parents, his sister Brookie Cardon Peterson, and grandson Kimball McKay Dyer.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 9th, at 11:00 am, at the LDS chapel, 665 South 200 West, Orem, Utah, where a Viewing will be held prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 am. Interment in Orem City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Temple Patrons Assistance Fund.
Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.
Published in Deseret News on Dec. 7, 2017
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