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Ell B Sorenson

November 23, 1935 — January 10, 2024

Koosharem, Utah

Ell Sorenson
Koosharem, Utah

    Ell B Sorenson, a cherished husband, father, son, grandpa, and brother, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on January 10, 2024. He was born on November 23, 1935, in Richfield, to Soren DeLoyd and Madge Brindley Sorenson. 
    Growing up in Koosharem, Ell graduated from Richfield High School in Sevier County. He pursued higher education at Brigham Young University, where he earned a master’s degree, and later at the University of Utah, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Education. 
    Throughout his life, Ell dedicated himself to the field of education. His career included roles at the United States Office of Education in Washington DC, as director of housing and food services at Illinois State University, as the Dean of Students at North Texas State University, and as a Superintendent of schools in various districts across Utah and Alaska. He co-founded a private school in Koosharem, which ultimately led to the establishment of Sorenson’s Ranch School, where he served as superintendent. Additionally, he co-owned High Top Ranch School. 
    Ell’s life was shaped by an unwavering faith and strong testimony in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He actively served in his community and had numerous callings, including as a missionary in the West Central States mission, a bishop in the Denton ward in Denton, TX, and a branch president in Wrangell, Alaska. Ell and his wife, Patricia, also served as temple workers in the Manti Temple for many years. He touched countless lives with his compassion and wisdom. 
    On June 4, 1960, Ell married the love of his life, Patricia Lynn Robins, in the Manti Temple. Together, they raised their five children with love and support, setting an inspiring example of patience and kindness. Above all else, he treasured his family as his greatest accomplishment. He dedicated his life to providing for and cherishing his loved ones, ensuring they were the focal point of his existence.
    Ell will be fondly remembered as a captivating storyteller whose adventures and humor could enchant any audience. He often started his stories with, “I may have told you this one before.” Which he had, but it was always as entertaining as hearing it for the first time. His love for people was evident in his ability to strike up conversations with strangers and effortlessly forge new connections. His bright blue eyes and warm smile brought joy to everyone he encountered. 
    An avid outdoorsman, Ell found peace and joy in activities such as hunting and fishing. He and Patricia shared a love for travel, exploring destinations as far-reaching as Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Hawaii, and many other US states. 
    Ell is survived by his children: Berniece (J David) Sanders, Cindy (Berry) Beggs, Trina (Steve) DiSera, Ben Sorenson, Kari (Lucinda) Sorenson; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Chad (LaJune) Sorenson and Sue Ann (Gary) Cochran. 
    He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; parents; brother, Burnell; grandson, Joshua. 
    Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. in the Koosharem Ward Chapel, where family and friends may call for viewing from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Koosharem Cemetery.  Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. 
    Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com 
    The family would like to extend their gratitude to all the staff at Sunridge Memory Care Facility in West Jordan, Utah, for the love and compassion shown to Ell during his final days. 

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