Obituary: Ian Douglas Canning

ianIan Douglas Canning, of Eureka, passed away on May 26, 2016, from heart failure likely brought about from abusing prescription drugs mixed with alcohol. Born April 30, 1995 in San Francisco, Ian spent a mere 21 years on this earth, but in that short time he touched the hearts of many. He is survived by his parents, Tim Canning and Kim Harris of Arcata; his brother Tyler Canning of San Francisco; grandmother Gertrude Canning of McKinleyville; uncles Robert Canning, Fred Canning, Douglas Harris and Robert Harris; aunt Patricia Canning; cousins Kerry Taylor and Michael Canning, and many second cousins.

He leaves behind his sweetheart Jessica Gee of Eureka, and many good friends, past and present.

Though Ian had his flaws – some of which caused worry, anger and frustration for the people who loved him – he was also a friendly, caring person, with a gregarious smile and a great spirit.

Ian loved being outside and loved being with his friends. Throughout his life, he enjoyed surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and camping. He played many sports while growing up in Arcata, including baseball, football, soccer, rowing and basketball. He attended Sunset Elementary School, Sunny Brae Middle School, and Arcata High, graduating from Pacific Coast High School in 2013. Ian began abusing drugs while in high school, and was unable to stop until his death.

We are very grateful for the efforts and kindness of friends and family, St. Joseph’s emergency room team, the County of Humboldt Coroner’s Office and Humboldt Cremation & Funeral Service. A memorial is being planned.

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