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Obituary for William Theodore (Ted) Sorensen

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William Theodore (Ted) Sorensen

July 4, 1920 - March 13, 2017

William Theodore (Ted) Sorensen passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at the age of 96. He was born July 4, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Anton J. T. and Clara Marinda Sorensen and spent his youth in Meadow, Fillmore and Bountiful, Utah. After graduating from Davis High School in 1938, Ted attended the University of Utah. He married Rae Brinley of Las Vegas, NV on April 19, 1952 in the St George Utah LDS Temple.


Ted learned to fly at the U of U and received a private pilot license. He joined the US Navy and graduated in naval aviation at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida on December 8, 1941–the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ted’s naval career lasted 28 years and he retired at the rank of Commander in 1969.


During WWII, Ted extensively flew combat missions throughout the Aleutian Islands and South Pacific and received several military awards including the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal. After the war, Ted and Rae enjoyed assignments in London, England, Bethesda MD, Pearl Harbor HI, and Monterey CA.


After his military career, Ted and Rae lived in Bloomington, Utah where Ted enjoyed golfing and working with a mining and land development company.


Ted was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various Ward and Stake callings. He loved to attend the temple and continued to achieve his goal of one hundred endowments a year for several years.


Ted is survived by his daughter, Toni (Dennis) Bills of Fruit Heights, Utah; and three grandchildren, Jared (Teresa) Bills, Jordan (Cindy) Bills and Staci Grange.


Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Rae.


He is loved and will be fondly remembered as “Uncle Ted’ by his many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.


The family wishes to thank Cailey, Joanna, and all the staff at Independence Hospice for their exceptional and caring service.


Graveside Services with military honors will be held Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah with Bishop D. Todd Stevenson officiating.


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Date: Friday, March 17, 2017

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Date: Friday, March 17, 2017

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: July 4, 1920
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Condolences for William Theodore (Ted) Sorensen

Jim Keate posted on 3/17/17

Toni: Saw your father's obituary in the paper in So. Utah and was saddened to see of his passing. What great parents you had... I hope that you and your family are well and feel the comfort of the Spirit in the coming days, weeks, and months to come. I have such great memories of you and your family back in the "old days" of Las Vegas. Hope that you are well. Would love to visit again if you ever come through Cedar City. LuAnn and I send our love.


Carolyn R. Smith posted on 3/16/17

Dear Toni and Family - My parents, sister and I knew your parents and you when your Dad was stationed in London. My Dad was A. Hamer Reiser and was the British Mission President from 1952-1955. You were such a dear sweet girl. We loved your Mom and Dad for their great service and love they showed to everyone. May you have peace and comfort knowing what a wonderful reunion your Mom and Dad are enjoying at this time. Love, Elaine Reiser Alder, St. George, Ut and Carolyn Reiser Smith, Highland, Ut.


Holly Skelton posted on 3/16/17

Toni and family, I am Jerry and Lola's daughter, Holly. My parents called last night to tell me of Ted's passing. I just wanted to send a note of condolence to let you and your family know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mom and dad so wanted to make it up to see your dad again. Although that did not work out, they thought the world of him and he will be missed. I know that he is happy to be with your mom again. Please know that we are thinking of you at this time. Holly Skelton


VeAnn Schaefermeyer posted on 3/15/17

To our Lovely Friends Toni and Dennis, Our thoughts are with you and your children as you go through this difficult time. Even though we know granddad's passing was not a surprise, and a blessing for him, it is still hard. Simply put, he will be greatly missed, his smile, his laugh, his stories, and his advice. There is great comfort in the knowledge we have of the plan of salvation and that Ted lived a righteous life. He is having a great reunion with Rae. They are probably playing with that new great grandchild that will soon be arriving. We wish we could be at the service but will come by and visit you soon. Love you all, Greg and VeAnn Schaefermeyer