March 9, 1961-Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
Leigh Cannon, Dead at 50, Remembered as Athlete, Homemaker
by Marta Tarbell
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Leigh Cannon (right) and her daughter, Lindsey Cannon.
Leigh Cannon (right) and her daughter, Lindsey Cannon.
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TELLURIDE – A funeral mass will be held for 27-year Telluride resident Leigh Well Rogers Cannon Saturday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Church.

A potluck Celebration of her Life will be held Saturday, March 3, at the Elks, at 5:30 p.m.; members and guests are welcome.

Cannon was found dead in her Shandoka apartment on Friday, Feb. 24.

“She was such a tomboy,” said Cannon’s 23-year-old son, John, who grew up hearing stories of his mother’s happy childhood, growing up in Elmira, N.Y., one of four children born to Joan and Hank Rogers.

Cannon’s love of the outdoors and her innate athleticism drew her to Telluride, after college.

“She taught us how to ski; she taught me how to play golf,” said John. Like their mother, both children excelled in their favorite sports – John as a state champion golfer in high school, and Lindsey a top-ranking International Ski Federation freestyle mogul skier.

Leigh Cannon came to Telluride in 1985, and worked, over the years at a variety of jobs – as a waitress, as Oprah Winfrey’s housekeeper, on the ski mountain, and, most recently, for Mountain Limo.

She met her ex-husband, Tim Cannon, at Baked in Telluride, in those first years. “He went in to get breakfast, and my mom ended up serving him; that’s how they got connected,” said John, who was born two years later, in March, 1988, followed by Lindsey in January, 1990.

“She was a stay-at-home mom, and an amazing cook, an amazing chef,” John said of his mother, going on to reminisce about annual family mushroom-gathering expeditions, late in the summer, and about his mother’s version of his grandfather’s manicotti.

“She was always hardworking; she never dropped the ball, trying to make sure she could stay here in Telluride. She always said that this was her home and her resting place.

“She had a huge passion for learning,” John said. “She was always in the library, getting books about different countries that she wanted to travel to, with us; she always wanted to sacrifice everything she had, to make us happy.

“She never really saw the importance of money; she just did what she needed to do to live happily and to stay in the place where she loved to be, the most.

“I’ll always remember her contagious laugh. She never really fully sank into the depths of depression – she was able to pull herself away from any sort of negative aspect in her life,” John said. “She was always able to see the brighter picture.

“Her passions made her happy – skate skiing on the Valley Floor, skiing on Logpile, mushroom hunting at her secret spot on Lizard Head. She would stop in her tracks to look at a wildflower.”

In addition to her children, Leigh Cannon is survived by her siblings, Jim, John and Marianne; and by her mother, Joan Rogers. Her father preceded her in death.

A potluck celebration of Leigh Cannon’s life will take place Saturday, March 4, around 5 p.m. (the exact time and place will be announced at the 10:30 a.m. funeral mass at St. Patrick’s). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Telluride Academy and to the San Miguel Conservation Foundation.

POSTED on FRIDAY, February 24.

TELLURIDE - Leigh Well Cannon was found dead in her Shandoka apartment the morning of Friday, Feb. 24, by a Telluride Marshal's Department officer who was conducting a welfare check.

An employer called and asked for a welfare check after Cannon did not report to work, and could not be reached.

A Telluride resident for nearly thirty years, Cannon is survived by her her children, John and Lindsey, and by her mother, Joan, and siblings Jim, John and Marianne.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Sunset Mesa Funeral Home.

The cause and manner of death are pending autopsy and investigation. A service will be held Saturday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick's Church; a celebration of Cannon's life is planned for sometime Saturday afternoon, at the Elks Lodge.
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