John Cannon McKay

Salt Lake City, Utah

1927 - 2019


Salt Lake City, Utah


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1927 ~ 2019Our remarkable husband, dad, and grandpa, John Cannon McKay, died peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the age of 92. John was born on March 8, 1927 in Ogden, Utah, to Morgan Powell and Katharine Cannon McKay. He was the third of five children.John's...

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What fond memories we have of this remarkable, kind and caring human being. John made camping an adventure and opened my eyes to the environment as a young child. Our love and support to all the family at this time.
Kay and Don Kinghorn

Many good times from all those visits to the Sierras.
Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
We love all of you,

Mark & Annie Vukich and Family

Your parents are friends of my mother at Highland Cove. I enjoyed speaking with him and your mother when I visit Salt Lake. One day we discovered our ancestors took a whaling ship to the Hawaiian Islands on a mission. We then called each other 'cousins'. Such lovely people. We will all miss him very much. My deepest sympathy to you all, especially your mom. Jenny Clark

I worked with John at the Stauffer Chemical Western Research Center in Richmond, CA from 1960 until he retired. While we were located in different departments, our paths crossed frequently. We became good friends and he would often call me "Laddie". He was very highly respected as both a chemist and just a wonderful person. I know that he served as an adviser and mentor to many new employees. While I am sad at his passing, it is consoling to know that he lived such a long,...

To My Beloved Uncle John
I couldn't have asked for a more warm, gentle, kind, compassionate, smart and fun uncle. You were the epitome of a decent human being. The impact you had in my sisters' lives and my own is impossible to measure. Thank you for your time, love and influence. I'll continue to try to emulate all of your amazing characteristics.


To the entire McKay family: John (and Jean) are inspirations of love, patience and tolerance. Two people who know love unconditionally and consistently. John was a model to me as a father in law and wonderful grandfather to my sons. Even in times of stress John and Jean emphasized love over conflict and the importance of family. Please know I love you all and think of John and you all with waves of love.