Thomas Clegg Sorensen
1950 - 2021
BORN
1950
DIED
April 30, 2021
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HAWKER FUNERAL HOME
132 SOUTH SHILLING AVE
Blackfoot, ID 83221-3277
A native of Blackfoot, Thomas was born Sept. 20, 1950 the son of Murray LeMoyne Sorensen and Lona Mae Clegg Sorensen. He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1968 where he was active in sports. Thomas enjoyed music, particularly the guitar. He was a part of two bands in high school and college: The Relief Society and A New Day.

Thomas attended Brigham Young University, where he graduated with a degree in Communications. He was a lifelong fan of BYU football and a season ticket holder for fifty years. Many of Thomas's fondest experiences and friendships developed in college. He was blessed with many loyal friends throughout his life.

For many years he worked with his father and grandfather at the family business, Clegg Furniture Company in Blackfoot. He also ran his own music shop in conjunction with Clegg's. Later he received a degree from Eastern Idaho Vo. Tech. and worked for over thirty years at the Idaho National Laboratory before retiring.

On October 27, 1978 he married Kay Rich in the Idaho Falls Temple. He was an active member of the LDS Church serving in many callings including: young men's leader, ward clerk, Blackfoot Stake Executive secretary. He spent some 29 years as district chairman for the Pennies by the Inch campaign raising money for the Primary Children's Hos

Thomas will be remembered for his sense of humor, his kindness to all, his love of travel - particularly the deserts of Arizona and Utah, his loyalty to family and friends, and his faithfulness. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Rich Sorensen; his mother Lona Mae Clegg Sorensen; three children: TC Sorensen, Deserae Sorensen Jones and Spencer James Sorensen; three grandchildren: Harmony Jones, Sawyer Jones, and Persaeus Sorensen; three siblings: Jim Sorensen (Gay), Becky Coombs (Peter), Leslie Sorensen (Natalia).

He was preceded in death by his father, Murray Sorensen; his son Shawn Sorensen; a sister Susan Sorensen.

Services will be conducted Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Blackfoot Stake Center on Highland Drive. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Hawker Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. A private internment will follow later in the week.

Those friends and loved ones that prefer to stay home can watch the service on a live broadcast. The service can be viewed at https://www.hawkerfuneralhome.com/page/broadcasting.
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Published by Post Register from May 2 to May 3, 2021.
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May
4
Visitation
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
HAWKER FUNERAL HOME
132 SOUTH SHILLING AVE, Blackfoot, ID 83221-3277
May
5
Service
11:00a.m.
the Blackfoot Stake Center
Highland Drive
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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thom is a friend from our ward at BYU when he lived in a house of 10 guys. He knew how to make others happy in creating something fun to do, or in his telling of an event he had experienced.
He drove his vintage car that he bought from his grandmother. It was pink and white with fringe decorating the inside above the windows. As we drove around in it, we would surprise pedestrians on the sidewalk by flashing his bright camera light in their direction. Great memories of a true and fun gentleman.
Liz Ehlert Christensen
Friend
May 9, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Tom´s passing. Unfortunately, I don´t have a lot of memories of spending time with him. As one of his younger cousins from Southern Arizona we didn´t get to Idaho very often, but I remember how much fun my Dad (Don Sorensen) had with Uncle Murray and Aunt Lona Mae, and how much he admired and looked up to them. We always felt closer to Tom´s family having the church in common. I deeply regret not getting up to Blackfoot in time to build a relationship with Tom and my other cousins, and to let Aunt Lona Mae know that she has a nephew in Thatcher Arizona that remembers her fondly. We run into people who know our Sorensen cousins - I met a senior missionary couple serving in the Tucson Arizona Mission who were good friends with Tom and Kay, and my son Justin went through his Orthodontics Residency in Saint Louis with Tyler Leavitt and we met his Mom and Dad at the graduation and talked about our Sorensen Cousins who are their friends. My Dad used to say that if there was a question about being related to someone - if they were handsome, had a good sense of humor, and were good members of the Church - we were probably related. It sounds like Tom fit all of those criteria and to know that he was indeed my cousin makes me sad to know that I wasn´t able to get to know him better. The Donald "Gary" Sorensen Family in Thatcher Arizona send up our hope and prayers that the Holy Ghost will comfort and sustain you all in this time of separation and sadness. We love you even if we don´t know you well.
Donald "Gary" Sorensen
May 5, 2021
I worked with Thom for many years at the Radiation Measurements Laboratory at the Advanced Test Reactor doing gamma analyses for ATR, Environmental Monitoring, Waste Management, etc. at the INL. He was respected, knowledgeable, and great to work with. He had a fun sense of humor. He enjoyed traveling through the parks in Utah and Arizona with his wife on their vacations and he took many beautiful pictures he shared with us. I was very blessed to know him! Condolences and heartfelt sympathy to his wife Kay and family! He will be missed!
Anita Freeman
Coworker
May 4, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. My family and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Jerry Nielson
Coworker
May 4, 2021
Sorry to hear about Thom. We sure had a lot of fun memories with our Sorensen cousins!
Diane Harding
May 2, 2021
So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. May you be Blessed with God’s comfort.
Ralph Mortensen
May 2, 2021
So sorry to hear of Thom's passing. I loved the time I spent with him and his father when I worked for them at the furniture store, and watching the music store as well when Thom and Murray were out on a delivery. I still remember tagging along every once in a while on the daily run for "a Coke and a Snickers". I love the whole Sorensen family and want to especially express my condolences to dear Lona Mae.
Kristina Mortensen (Kearsley)
Friend
May 1, 2021
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I went to high school with him. He was a great guy!
Jeanie Palmer lee
Friend
May 1, 2021