Marion W. Sorenson, Dec. 29, 1926 — Thursday, May 3, 2012, of Columbia

Monday, May 14, 2012 | 2:12 p.m. CDT

Dr. Marion Wesley Sorenson, 85, died at his home on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

A family burial was held at Olivet Christian Church Cemetery in accordance with Dr. Sorenson’s wishes.

Dr. Sorenson was born December 29, 1926 in Salt Lake City, UT. He grew up in Centerfield, UT.

Dr. Sorenson joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Germany. While on leave in Switzerland he met his future wife, Simone Rachel Chatelanat. They married in 1948 and remained happily married for over 50 years. His beloved wife predeceased him in 2002.

Dr. Sorenson received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah and later received his PhD at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Dr. Sorenson was a Professor of Zoology in Columbia for many years and will not be forgotten by his students.  Additionally Dr. Sorenson was a highly respected researcher and published extensively in his field.

Dr. Sorenson loved his family and friends.  He enjoyed sports, hunting and fishing and loved his farm.  He will be missed by his many friends.

Dr. Sorenson is survived by his three children: Chantal Sorenson, Michael Sorenson and Cindy Sutherland; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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