Robert James Sorensen was born on April 27, 1931, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Leonard James Sorensen and Zella Palmer Sorensen. He passed away on September 28, 2022, in Taylorsville, Utah at the age of 91.
Robert "Bob" attended Whittier Elementary, Lincoln Jr. High, and South High. He graduated from South High in 1949. Bob also raised pigeons and was the only one who bred the cream-colored Muffed Tumblers for which he won many awards.
Bob worked hard throughout his life. His first job was at age 11. He set up bowling pins in a bowling alley. He also sold magazine subscriptions. During his senior year of high school, he worked at Sears Roebuck and Company, and he had a summer job working in Yellowstone. Later in life, he worked at a butcher shop, Graphic Arts Engraving, Salt Lake Mattress Company, and the United States Postal Service. He retired from the Post Office after working there for 31 years.
Bob joined the 130th Air National Guard in December 1950, just as the Korean War had begun. In May 1952, his unit was activated. He was stationed in Olathe, Kansas because the U.S. was afraid of being attacked and they thought Kansas was a central location where they could easily dispatch forces to either coast. It was here that he met the love of his wife, Helen Camille McDonald. Bob was sealed for time and eternity to Camille on July 22, 1952, in the Logan Utah Temple. In September 1953, a daughter, Elizabeth (Saul Segundo) was born followed by a daughter, Dianne (John Charles) who was born in November 1954, and a son, John Robert (Karen Michelle) who was born in December 1964. During these years and for many years afterward, other children such as foster children, friends of their children, relatives, anyone needing a place to stay, and many others were welcomed into their home.
Bob and Camille also have 5 grandchildren: Cindy Marie (Samuel Alex), Christy Lee, Amy Jennifer, Steven Saul, and Jason Robert who Bob and Camille always called their "angels". Later 5 great-grandchildren joined the family: Isaiah Keyan, Jeffrey Samuel Alex, Elizabeth Marie, Sienna Camille, and Christopher Doyle.
Bob loved to spend time with his family, gardening, and camping. He tried fishing a few times but never could sit still long enough to wait for the fish to bite. He always had to "see what was on the other side of the lake".
Bob served in many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to teach the Adult Aaronic Priesthood Class, served as a Stake Missionary, a Stake Clerk, Stake Executive Secretary, High Counselor, Ward Clerk, Membership Clerk, and Bishop. He and Camille also served together as Directors of the Stake Extraction Program, a family history program. In 1989, Bob and Camille served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines-Baguio Mission. They had many special experiences there and they became even closer as a couple.
Robert James Sorensen was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen Camille McDonald. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Zella Sorensen; 2 sisters, Virginia Mae France (Joe), Viola Jean Kranendonk (Frank); 2 brothers-in-law, Frank Kranendonk and Lindsey Munson; a sister-in-law, Carole Owen Sorensen; and a son-in- law, John Charles Hill.
He is survived by his 3 children; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Palmer Sorensen; his sister, Angelena Sorensen Munson; and 1 brother-in-law, Joseph France.
A viewing will be held for Bob on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah, 84123 from 6-8:00 p.m. A viewing will also be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m in the Taylorsville Third Ward Chapel located at 1457 West Atherton Drive, Taylorsville, Utah, 84123. The interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.