Wilford Pratt Cardon

28 Oct 1909 - 8 Jan 1969

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Wilford Pratt Cardon

28 Oct 1909 - 8 Jan 1969
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Grandpa died before I was born. I was named 'Patricia' after his nickname 'Pat.' My dad told me that Grandpa Cardon hand-picked me to come to his family. He was a hard worker with hands calloused enough to take hot pans out of the oven without the aid of an oven mitt!
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Wilford Pratt Cardon


City of Mesa Cemetery

North Center Street
Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona
United States

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Father "Pat"


June 20, 2012


June 20, 2012

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Wilford Pratt Cardon

Contributor: lightech Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Grandpa died before I was born. I was named "Patricia" after his nickname "Pat." My dad told me that Grandpa Cardon hand-picked me to come to his family. He was a hard worker with hands calloused enough to take hot pans out of the oven without the aid of an oven mitt!

Wilford Pratt Cardon

Contributor: lightech Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I never knew my Grandpa Cardon in this life. He passed away while my father served his first mission to Italy before he and my mother were married. All the stories I know about my Grandpa tell of his hard work ethic, his devotion to the Lord, and his generosity to all. I look forward to meeting him again someday.

Wilford Pratt Cardon

Contributor: lightech Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

He died before I was born. I understand that he was a very hard worker and taught his children to work.

My Grandfather - Wilford Pratt Cardon

Contributor: lightech Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Tradition would have it that every Christmas Eve the Wilford P. Cardon family would gather at his home, have a nice dinner made by Grandmother (ham, cheese potatoes, orange rolls, carrots, pistachio dessert) and then we would congregate in the "front room" for the "program". We were the only grandchildren who lived close enough to attend so we would be the "star" performers. Each was expected to participate as Grandpa commentated. - I can still hear his laugh since he was a jolly man and obviously proud of our annual display of improved talents. Then came the reenactment of that first nativity. A knock at the door interrupted with the Skinner family caroling outside and then invited in to exchange greetings and shake hands as they exited out the kitchen door. Finally the long awaited moment came when Grandfather passed out gifts to everyone - individually and waiting for each to unwrap. Grandmother always sat in the foreground admiring our delight since she was the mastermind behind the purchases. Family prayer concluded the evening. Hugs and kisses were expectedly exchanged. The Christmas of 1968 ended a bit different. Uncle Craig was away in Italy serving a mission so the entire evening was taped. Oh, we had our favorite for dinner and "the program" followed by the Christmas story. But the conclusion will be one I'll always remember. Grandfather said he wanted to share his testimony of Jesus Christ. He also expressed his love to each of us and especially of his sweetheart Grandmother Vilate Cardon. I felt something that night. It was testifying to me that what he was saying was true. That was the last time we had Grandfather with us for Christmas. He died from a brain aneurysm that caused a cerebral hemorrhage. He died January 10, 1969. On my 14th birthday - July 14, 1968 - mother invited Grandpa to my birthday dinner. Grandmother was at the ranch in northern AZ. My birthday was on Sunday and grandfather brought me the only gift I remember receiving from him personally. I still have the card he signed accompanied with a bottle of White Shoulders perfume. The perfume came in a pink box and was partially used. (I'm sure it came from grandmother's collection). It was the first perfume I was ever given and I saved the bottle. Grandpa and Grandmother Cardon purchased the Aripine Turley Dude Ranch in 1956. I was two years old. Each summer we would stay in the "Rat House" to get out of the hot Arizona heat. Grandpa would come up on the weekends to see Grandmother. I couldn't hear his whistle ( a signal between the two of them) but I could see the delight on Grandmother's face when she heard it. He brought up horses for us to ride and we took him lunch while he worked on "the range". He churned ice cream on the "service porch" and took naps in the parlor. In 2006 - the 50th anniversary of the ranch I wanted to build a monument in honor of him. With the help of my father and daughter-in-law Cristy we collected rocks, poured cement and etched names of family members then deceased. It's on the south hill under a pine tree overlooking the ranch he only got to enjoy a few years but gave me a lifetime of fulfillment.

Life timeline of Wilford Pratt Cardon

Wilford Pratt Cardon was born on 28 Oct 1909
Wilford Pratt Cardon was 5 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Wilford Pratt Cardon was 20 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Wilford Pratt Cardon was 30 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Wilford Pratt Cardon was 35 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
Wilford Pratt Cardon was 46 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Wilford Pratt Cardon died on 8 Jan 1969 at the age of 59
Grave record for Wilford Pratt Cardon (28 Oct 1909 - 8 Jan 1969), BillionGraves Record 1507993 Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States