SORENSEN, H. Royal completed his walk of faith on Jan. 29, 2014. He was the NFL feed announcer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 32 years, owner of Investment Planning Inc. and Sorensen & Associates. Royal was born in Jacksonville, graduated from Landon High School and the University of Florida, he became a U.S. Naval Officer, making him a third generation sailor. He served at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, CA. Lt. Sorensen also served during the pre-commissioning of the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier and is a plank owner. His Danish father, Henry Christian Sorensen migrated to the U.S in his twenties having come through Ellis Island. Royal's mom, Eula Florida Haddock was from St Mary's, GA. Royal was married for 61 years to his high school sweetheart, Betty Jean Mickey also of Jacksonville, and was blessed with a daughter, Patricia "Lynn" and two sons, Mark Royal and H. Scott. Royal was known throughout Tampa and St. Petersburg as a true gentleman. He loved his God, his family and his country. He treated all friends and acquaintances with the same respect whether they were CEOs or handymen. His integrity followed him wherever he went. People were drawn to him by his sincerity. Royal was a dedicated member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Largo and served there in many capacities over the years. He loved to visit the hospitals and pray with those hurting. He became a Stephen Minister and Leader, a program of helping others. He also enjoyed his association with sports figures from his work as the press box voice of the Bucs. Some of his favorite sports friends are Doug Williams, Tony LaRussa, Jim and John Gruden, LeeRoy Selmon was a special friend. He enjoyed the company of many close friends over the years and considered them a blessing in his life. Royal is survived by Betty, his wife; three children and their spouses, Lynn (Brian) Alexander of Leesburg, FL, Mark (Linda) Sorensen of Eustis, FL, Scott (Ellen) Sorensen of Jacksonville. He has two brothers, John (Liz) in Fair Oaks, MO and Glenn (Millie) in Tennessee; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He counts his grandchildren as a wonder in his life-Trevor, Tracie, Amber, Cassidi, Michael, Taylor, Hunter and also his extended family, Dodi, Mike, Austin, Jimmy, Tami, Dalton, Hailey, Roland, Marilyn and Rob(Allie). He survived open heart surgery, kidney cancer and melanoma, however, his last years were spent fighting IPF, an incurable lung disease. Services will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Largo, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 11 am with pre-service reception and brunch to follow the service. Royal requested burial with his service comrades in the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 at 11:30 am. Please visit www.veteransfuneralcare.com to sign the guest book. Veterans Funeral Care 727-524-9202
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 4, 2014