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John Pingree
1940 - 2020
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1940
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2020
John Cannon Pingree
1940 ~ 2020
Salt Lake City, UT-John Cannon Pingree passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 5, 2020 surrounded by family. He died at age 80 after a 17-year fight with cancer. The family would like to thank all the medical personnel that helped with his care including those at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
The guiding values in John's life included his faith in Jesus Christ, his love of family, and service in both The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in the community.
John was born on January 27, 1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Job Frederick "Fred" Pingree and Marjorie Cannon Pingree. He was the youngest of four children. His siblings include Patricia Pingree Romney (Vern), J. Frederick "Toby" Pingree (Phyllis), and George Cannon Pingree (Anne). He was raised in the Avenues area of Salt Lake City and attended West High School where he enjoyed friends, athletics, and student government.
After high school, John joined the Utah Air National Guard and started his education at the University of Utah before leaving for a full-time mission in Argentina. Serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ was a seminal event in his life. During these two and a half years, John deepened his commitment to Jesus Christ and established a great love for the Argentine people. He maintained relationships with those he taught throughout his life.
John returned to the University of Utah where he earned a BA degree in Economics. At the University, he met Carmen Boyden. They worked together in student government, he as student body president and she as student body secretary. They married in the Salt Lake Temple shortly after graduation in August 1964. They then moved to Boston, MA where John earned an MBA degree at the Harvard Business School in 1966.
John was a devoted, faithful, and loving husband during his and Carmen's 55+ years of marriage. They enjoyed a rich life together and raised their family while living in Denver (CO), Chicago (IL), Sunnyvale and Los Altos (CA), and Salt Lake City (UT). They were blessed with five children including John (Anne), Scott (Valerie), Mike (Jenn), Sara Graham (Brett), and Brian. As a father, he was loving and reliable. He sought to instill important virtues in his children through consistent family prayer and scripture study, Saturday chores ("There never was a lazy Pingree!"), chats at dinner, one-on-one talks, service projects, and family activities.
John's professional career included positions with Xerox, Memorex, Transportation Safety Systems, and the Utah Transit Authority ("UTA"). At the UTA, he served for 20 years as general manager. During that time, the UTA planned, funded, and began implementation of light rail along the Wasatch Front and was named the number one transit system in America two times by the American Public Transit Association.
Together, John and Carmen dedicated much of their lives serving others. While they served in many capacities at Church, some of the most meaningful included John's service as a bishop and stake president in the student stakes at the University of Utah, as mission president of the Mexico City East Mission, as an Area Seventy working with Spanish-speaking populations, and as a Salt Lake Temple worker and sealer. John and Carmen also spent much of their lives advocating for children and adults with Autism. They supported research, education, and advocacy efforts for families affected by autism in Utah. John also served on the Utah State Board of Education and Utah State Board of Regents.
John enjoyed spending time with Carmen, his children, and extended family. He loved the outdoors, especially hiking and skiing in the mountains. He found great strength from studying the lives of his ancestors and looked for every opportunity to share stories about forebears with his children and grandchildren. He was highly disciplined in almost every aspect of his life-spiritually, professionally, financially, and physically. Over the years, he especially relished the opportunity to play Santa Claus for many families in the neighborhood and for all the children at the Pingree Autism Center.
John is survived by his wife Carmen, their five children and spouses, 20 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, his sister Pat, and his oldest brother Toby. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother George, his brother-in-law Vernon Romney, and a granddaughter Emily Graham.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm and a viewing from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Garden Heights Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2220 Fisher Lane in Millcreek, Utah. A viewing will also be held on Monday, March 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the same location.

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 7 to Mar. 10, 2020.
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Garden Heights Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Fue nuestro Presidente de Misión, se esforzó por ayudarnos y siempre trato de acercarse a nosotros y de comprendernos y cubrir nuestras necesidades tanto temporales como espirituales, lo recordamos con gran cariño.
José Juan Jiménez-Alejandro
Friend
March 1, 2021
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our love, prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of celebration for the wonderful life of John.
Sparks Family
March 13, 2020
Susana Orozco González Presidentes Pingree
March 11, 2020
Thirty years ago my husband Tim and I started our married life in a University of Utah young married ward. John Pingree was a fine Bishop. I remember his kind and cordial visit when our first child was born. I remember a Christmas ward social held in the Pingree home with some wonderful hospitality from Carmen and Bishop Pingree. I remember a temple recommend interview that stands out from among the many I have participated in. Reading his obituary was very inspiring, such a fine example of a consecrated life. My sincere condolences to the Pingree family.
Vicki Patty
March 10, 2020
Gracias por todo Presidente Pingree, recuerdo el último consejo que me dio antes de ir a casa, fue el mejor consejo que he recibido, un fuerte abrazo a la familia Pingree, especialmente a la Hermana Carmen Pingree.
José Juan Jimenez Alejandro
March 10, 2020
So sorry to learn about John's passing. We have been good friends for the past 60 years since working together as missionary companions in Argentina. John and I were given the responsibility to conduct a week-long open house for the first LDS chapel in Argentina, located in the town of Caseros. Although I was blessed with other great missionary companions, none could compete with John's energy, resourcefulness, humor and great mind. Upon returning from my mission John invited me to live at his home in the Avenues for a year while my parents were on a mission in Chicago. He later served as an Usher at my wedding, and became a must-visit on my annual pilgrimages to Salt Lake. I will miss him like a brother, and send my deep condolences to Carmen and his kids.
Richard Maycock
March 9, 2020
John was one of my best friends and the only one that I've stayed close to from the Argentine Mission (1960-63). He was a wise, steady,fun and inspirational mentor. He and Carmen were married the same year as Marilyn and me. We have loved both of them ever since and they have made us feel that it was reciprocal. Some day we hope to be where he is and to enjoy "the same sociality that [has existed] with us here"(D&C 130:2)!
Joe & Marilyn Bentley
Joseph Bentley
March 9, 2020
John Pingree was a wonderful man and extraordinary mission president. The love he showed us as missionaries is something I still feel today. He was a true disciple of Christ. To sister Pingree, please accept our deepest sympathies and most sincere condolences on the passing of President Pingree. I will look forward with faith to the day I can give him "un fuerte abrazo" once again.

Love,

Ryan and Ashby Hatch
RYAN HATCH
Friend
March 9, 2020
Thank you John for always being so kind, loving and a great example of how to live. We love and your family and are better people because we knew you! Thank from the bottom of our hearts for a life well lived!

Love Tim and Paula Barney
Tim Barney
March 9, 2020
DENNIS HATCH
March 9, 2020
John Will be greatly missed in our ward. Our sympathies go out to the family. May the Lord Bless you all at this time.
Jean Tuckfield
Friend
March 9, 2020
Jean Tuckfield
March 9, 2020
a loved one
March 9, 2020
Such a terrific man. I hold the utmost admiration for him. What a great gentleman & a outstanding manager at UTA. My condolences to your family, great full for the Gospel.
Ken Burton UTA board member from 1986-1992.
Ken Burton
March 9, 2020
John was an inspirational friend at the U of U and a neighbor in Sunnyvale. Our sympathies go to Carmen and his family.
Steve and Kay Perry
March 9, 2020
Being associated with John at UTA was an honor. My deepest condolences to the Pingree family.
Loney Mickelsen
Loney Mickelsen
March 9, 2020
Luz del Carmen White
March 8, 2020
Soy madre de uno de sus misioneros en la Ciudad de México, el Elder Iván Orozco y deseo agradecerle en este momento la importante influencia que fue en la vida de mi hijo y lo sigue siendo hasta ahora.
Fue su maestro, su Presidente, su mentor, su amigo, su padre y lo seguirá siendo aun hasta las eternidades.
Que el Señor bendiga a su familia por el ejemplo de vida que él tuvo en esta Tierra.
Con amor, hna. Leticia E. Gutiérrez de Cikudad Juárez, Chih., México.
March 8, 2020
Difficult to say farewell to our special friend, John. We cherish our memories of time spent together in Boston, Salt Lake City, and Salamanca, Spain. John loved to tell stories of his unique Cannon family history, and of his part in our courtship and subsequent marriage. John had the ability to relate to all people, and make each one feel respected and valued. In our last in person visit and subsequent phone conversations, John told us how much he loved us, and how much our friendship meant to him. What a wonderful gift we have been given.
Stephanie Cannon
March 8, 2020
I cannot begin to enumerate all the ways that John Pingree blessed my life. I am a better person because of him. Will miss him so much!!!
Barbara Lovejoy
Friend
March 8, 2020
I LIKE JOHN. I KNOWN JOHN FOR 75 YEARS. JOE JENKINS
March 8, 2020
My husband and I knew John from the perspective of parents of a child with autism. We had immense respect for his many amazing civil and academic accomplishments, but it was his kindness, humility and humor toward his trial of a child with autism that touched our hearts most profoundly. We so deeply admired the love and tenderness which he and Carmen felt toward their sweet son, Brian. We send our love and sympathy to the entire Pingree family.

Terry and Janet Isom
March 7, 2020
So sorry to hear about John's passing. Our deepest condolences and sympathy to you, Carmen and your family. I thank you for all the great conversations over the years during special occasions at the Pingree Center! So sorry for your loss.

"Bus Driver" Jim
Jim and Claudia Blackburn
March 7, 2020
The humble head of a beautiful family has returned home. I express my love and deepest sympathy to all of the Pingree family and especially to Carmen and John Jr. May the Comforter attend you in this time of sorrow.
Janet Brooks
March 7, 2020
President Pingree was my mission president. He and Sister Pingree were my parents-away-from-home. I have a lot of great memories of seeing him, smiling brightly and with love as I'd file into a monthly interview or mission conference. Some 15 years after my mission I became aware that, what I believe to be, the most important conversation in my life happened in a quick, 8 minute, one on one interview. How he acted and what he said then, I carried with me. And his behavior and words carried me through the most trying time of my life. His example then helped me see the length and breadth of God's love for his children. I'll be forever grateful for his love, kindness and example and that I got to spend time under his watchful eye.
Seth Taylor
Friend
March 7, 2020
A wonderful friend, mentor and leader. It was an honor and privilege to serve with John and Carmen in the University of Utah Fourth Stake. Their love and devotion to each other and the Lord Jesus Christ set a high standard for all.
We will always be grateful for sharing your life and love with us.

Ken and Kaye Church
Kenneth Church
March 7, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cherryl Beveridge
March 7, 2020
My goodness. I surely didn't expect this. John is a wonderful man and friend. I pray you in the family will find memories in the good times to overshadow the sadness in his passing -- the long term future is bright.
March 7, 2020
Our 49er Forum wont be the same without John. He always had great insight into all topics of conversation. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Carmen and the rest of the Family. Sincerely,
Johns 49er Forum
March 7, 2020
R Anthony Sweet
March 7, 2020
My heart goes out to the family. He was our Presidente. Always had great advice. It was an honor to serve as a missionary in Mexico. Till we meet again.
Robert Palmer
Friend
March 7, 2020
My mother worked for John for many years at UTA. He was always so good to her and such a great friend to our family. Our world has lost a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with Carmen and the Pingree family.
Angela Brophy
Friend
March 6, 2020
Presidente Pingree was my mission president and it was a great honor to serve under him and his wonderful wife, Hermana Pingree. They led our mission with such love and care and garnered the respect and dedication from us all. I was blessed to have also spend some time with him on Temple Square less than a year ago, when we met up around general conference time. He had the same twinkle in his eye that he always had. He had an amazing way of connecting deeply with you very quickly. His love of the Savior and the church shined in all of his actions and words. A dedicated and humble servant of the Lord will be missed on this earth and put to great use on the other side of the veil!
Nathan Jones
Friend
March 6, 2020
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