It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Robert (Bob) Larry Sorensen, who passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday March 1, 2022.\n\nBob was born February 17, 1945, in Moroni, Utah to Void Sorensen and Roberta Evans Sorensen. He was the eldest of five children. At the tender age of seven years old, Bob’s father passed away, which prematurely thrust him into the role of family patriarch. He would spend the next 70 years faithfully filling this responsibility to his beloved family.\n\nBob graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City, in 1963. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany and maintained a love for the German people and culture throughout his life. He married the love of his life and childhood sweetheart, Susan Kearl, on March 14, 1968, in the Salt Lake temple. They would spend the next 54 years sharing the joys and challenges of life. They are the parents of five boys and two girls. The driving force in Bob’s life was his devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and his love for his family. His wife, children and grandchildren brought him his greatest joy in life. He would have done anything for them and took every opportunity to celebrate their successes and milestones.\n\nAs a young college student Bob worked as a scrub nurse and desired to pursue a career in the medical field, but his quickly growing family required a different path and he ultimately worked for 33 years as a telephone man to successfully provide for his family. His true passions were tailoring, gardening, good food and a love of classical music, art, and literature. He was a knowledge hawk and never ceased in his pursuit to learn a new skill or develop his immense talents. He selflessly shared his gifts with all he knew. Whether it was a basket of fresh produce from his garden, a hand-knit scarf, sweater or hat, or a Halloween costume that would rival anything from a big budget Hollywood film, a gift from Bob, was a gift to be cherished and loved.\n\nBob lived a life devoted to service. He faithfully served in many Church callings throughout his life, including as a bishop, elder’s quorum president, high councilor, and his favorite role as teacher. He dearly loved the temple and served as an ordinance worker for 17 years in the Salt Lake temple and 2 years in the Bountiful temple. He served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam war and was proud to defend the ideals and liberties he believed in so fervently. He served his local community through the Boy Scouts of America where he helped develop young boys into men of principle. In scouting, Bob found the brothers he wished he had as a child. In 1985, he was recognized for his dedicated service with the prestigious Silver Beaver Award, which was one of his proudest accomplishments.\n\nBob is preceded in death by his parents Void and Roberta, and two of his younger sisters Mickey Hodges and Carol Cazier. He is survived by his wife Susan and his seven children Andrew (Melanie), Annemarie, Heidi Cannon (Wayne), Jonathan (Emily), Matthew, Benjamin (Ashlee), and Tyler (Annie), his two sisters Nada Bryner (Gary) and Shauna Shopay, his 8 brothers and 5 sisters-in-law, and an army of nieces and nephews. He leaves behind his precious 22 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. \n\nA viewing will be held Monday, March 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. at the Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home at 4760 S. State Street, Murray. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 8 at the Liberty Ward chapel located at 445 E. Harvard Ave., Salt Lake City, with a viewing from 10:00 – 10:45 am. and the funeral at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to a charity of your choice or planting some flowers in your garden to help make the world a better and more beautiful place.