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Billy Sorensen

November 5, 1943 — August 6, 2022

Orem, Utah

Billy Verl Sorensen, where did the last 78 years go?  You began your life on November 5, 1943. You spent your youth growing up with a house full of siblings, 9 to be exact... 7 brothers, Don, Farrell, Teddy, Alva, Wayne, LaRell and Dix, 2 sisters, Shirlene and Gale.  Theodore & Myrtle (June) Sorensen were the brave parents of this rowdy bunch and helped to rein you boys in by creating "Ted Sorensen & Son's," a Lathe & Plastering Commercial Construction business where each son would learn a trade that would help to support their families.  You chose the field of metal studs, wood & metal lathe, sheetrock installer, and drywall finisher, a guy who could do it all, and worked in and out of Utah with your brothers to build LDS churches, and other structures.  Growing up you were known as the tough guy, and would never back down from a fight, which we're pretty sure was instilled in you by learning to survive your world with 7 brothers!  As you grew, your passion for guns, hunting, and fishing grew as well, and in the last years of your life, much of your income was derived from buying and selling guns.  You loved Chevy trucks, and your dream became a reality when you ordered your brand new 1972 4-wheel drive short bed Chevrolet Cheyenne Kit pickup truck, bright red with white interior!  That truck was your pride and joy, and you took the best of care with it!  Your first love was Karen Mecham, which resulted in marriage and 3 children that you loved dearly, Charles, Billy, and Summer Dawn.  That relationship ended, but many more followed throughout decades of your life, as you loved to love and be loved.  You had a strong sense of family and enjoyed camping and attending regular "Big 10" get-togethers with your siblings and their families.  You loved the companionship of your many dogs, (especially Zoey, who you buried in your backyard so you could watch over her) and enjoyed horses and riding them as well.  Throughout the years, your home has become a museum of sorts, with all your treasures you loved, even including an old saddle in your very western decorated living room, together with your beloved guns hanging from the walls, treasured knives, lots of miniature cars that you loved, and of course, valued above all else, your pictures of your family, and days long passed, which was your most prized possession. During the single years of your life, you were proud to say that you lived with, and helped to take care of your aging father, after the death of your beloved mother.  You loved every visit from your kids and grandkids, and truth be told, you got a kick out of, and loved all kids!  As your health began to decline, you had a number of special people in your life that developed an even closer bond with you, including your angel sister Gale and her daughter Jan. They served as your guardian angels, making sure your physical needs were met, including cleaning your home, helping to pay bills, and seeing that your favorite foods were always there for you, etc.  Your neighbor, LaMar Davis had become your closest friend over the years, and served you daily with wake-up medication calls, (because you were famous for staying awake until 2 or 3 am, interacting with your fb friends, only to sleep in until 1:00 or 2 the next day), lively conversations to take up your lonely hours, making sure you were good to go at bedtime, and all hours throughout the day as your needs increased.  Your baby brother Dix,(aka Babe) that regularly shared coffee with you and listened tirelessly to your legendary scrapes you got yourself into throughout your life, your strong, and often overbearing conservative political views, and your many hunting & fishing adventures. And last, but not least, your sweet niece McKenzie who would bring her family to visit, bringing food, or just helping where you needed, and all other unnamed nieces, nephews, and friends that stopped by to help you, or just brighten your day.  You lived life YOUR way and try as hard as those who loved you did to prevent you from leaving prematurely, we're sure you were joyfully greeted by your parents, your sweet grandson Mickey, Don (Dixie) Farrell (Darla), Alva (Colleen) and Shirlene Markesich (George).  The rest of your siblings still surviving, Gale Christiansen (Lyle), Teddy (Dian), LaRell, aka Butch (Diane), Wayne, aka Sweeney, and Dix, aka Babe (Debbie) will forever miss you, and hold your memory in our hearts.

A graveside service in honor of Bill’s life will be held on Thursday, August 18th, 2022, at 10:30 am at Orem City Cemetery, 1520 N 800 E, Orem, Utah. Family and friends are welcome.

A special thank you to A Plus Hospice team for the loving care they provided to Bill over the past several months. Additional thanks to Debbie Sorensen for the kind words and beautifully written life story of Bill.

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