Darrold Cannan Jr., 1931-2009
Vail, CO Colorado
Darrold Alexander Cannan Jr., pioneer broadcaster, died on July 19, 2009, in Wichita Falls, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at First United Methodist Church of Wichita Falls with Rev. Paul Goodrich officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.
Darrold Alexander Cannan Jr. was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on Nov. 19, 1931. He grew up in Wichita Falls, until he attended and graduated from Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Va., in 1949.
Darrold graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., in 1953 with a B.S. degree in business administration. He remained dedicated to the growth, development and beautification of his alma Mmater.
In June 1953, Cannan returned to Wichita Falls and joined his father in business with KFDX-TV (NBC), which had gone on the air in April the same year.
In 1954, after training at Ft. Bliss, Texas, Darrold was transferred to Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C, with the Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery Corps where he served the remainder of his military career until he was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in 1956.
Darrold and Kay Parker of Wichita Falls were married on April 9, 1955, and celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this year.
In 1956, he rejoined KFDX-TV until its sale in 1971. He re-entered broadcasting in 1974 when he purchased KAMR-TV in Amarillo, Texas. In 1983, Cannan put KBVO-TV (Fox) in Austin, Texas, on the air and later sold KBVO in 1995 and KAMR-TV in 1999.
Darrold was a member of Wichita Club, Wichita Falls Country Club, Bachelor Gulch Club and the Club at Cordillera. He has served on the boards or executive committees of the United Way, Boys Club, Y.M.C.A., Rotary Club, Board of Commerce and Industry, Wichita Falls Museum, The Wichita General Hospital, Wichita Club and Wichita Falls Country Club.
He served as president of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra for two years. He also served on the Wichita Falls Drug Abuse Commission. More recently, he was on the board of the United Regional Hospital of Wichita Falls during its expansion of Bridwell Towers.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Darrold Cannan; a sister, Barbara Cannan Fry; and grandparents Mr. and Mrs C.W. Snider.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Parker Cannan; children Darrold Alexander Cannan III and wife Lori, Connie Annas, and Parker Snider Cannan and wife Susan; grandchildren Andy and Nicholas Cannan, Jennifer Annas Bogdanowitz and husband Doug, Bobby and Mary Beth Annas, Claire, Lee, Park, Caroline and Grace Cannan and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to U.T. Southwestern Hospital in Dallas, United Regional Hospital of Wichita Falls, Washington and Lee University or charity of your choice. Tributes may be sent to the family at http://www.lunnscolonial.com