OBITUARY

Gene Laverne Sorensen

March 29, 1929February 2, 2021

Gene L. Sorensen passed on 2 February 2021. The cause of death was complications due to covid-19 infection. Gene grew up in Nebraska but called Phoenix his home for the past 40 years. Gene was born in Farwell, Nebraska, on 29 March 1929. After graduating high school, Gene served in the US Army as a radar repair technician stationed at Fort Monmouth, NJ. He subsequently enjoyed a career during which he worked for 24 years at a small engineering college where he edited, wrote and taught technical engineering and mathematics lesson materials, and then spent 16 years developing marketing literature for a large computer company. In retirement, Gene kept his passion for writing. He served as the editor of the newsletter at the retirement community where he lived. However, his real interest was in writing children’s stories. Gene published an original story, Ralph the Elf: Santa’s Big, Little Helper, a story about Santa who had become too tired to deliver Christmas presents to children around the world and an elf who must persuade Santa that he can’t disappoint the children and needs to drive the sleigh. The story is written in a rhyming style that’s easy for children to read. He used this same style in writing seven stories adapted from Aesop’s Fables, including The Hare and the Tortoise and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and eight stories based on Old Testament characters, including The Angel Who Lit the Christmas Star and Joshua and Jericho Town. He also published an edited version of the US Constitution, The Growth of the United States of America and its Constitution, in a simplifying, ease-to-understand format to encourage children’s learning of government operations. Gene’s three marriages to the former Mamie Alcamo, Bettye Boggs, and Norma Felts ended in divorce. He is survived by two sisters, Dot Sorensen and Lucille Gress, from Washington State, and 2 sons from his first marriage, Roger Sorensen and Dennis Sorensen, from Maryland. Gene’s grandparents came to the United States from Denmark in 1880, settling in the town of Dannebrog, Nebraska, which is where Gene was raised. Dannebrog became the home to many immigrants from Denmark during the late 1800’s and this small town continues to honor the culture of Danish life to this day. Gene was enthralled by his Danish heritage and continued to follow the activities and events occurring in Dannebrog throughout his life.

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