Donald James Sorenson
1945 - 2020
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October 2, 1945 ˜ July 13, 2020

Donald James Sorenson passed away Monday, July 13th, 2020 age 74 at his home in Vancouver, WA after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Don was born October 2, 1945 in Ashland, OR to Harvey and Mary Sorenson, the third of six sons. He attended Ashland High School and Southern Oregon College.
Don married Janet Morrison in 1966 while attending college in Ashland. They moved to Vancouver, WA after graduation in 1968.
Don taught mathematics for 30 years for Vancouver Schools. After retirement, he taught at Mountain View and Firm Foundation Christian schools. He loved teaching 8th grade math and coaching middle school football and track.
He enjoyed many interests over the years including playing football, riding motorcycles, hunting, and church handyman. He supported his children’s sports events. Don enjoyed the cooler climates and took RV trips to Alaska, Canada, and even to the Arctic, preferring the backroads and mountain passes. His favorite activity was working and camping at his forest acreage near Amboy.
Don was active in the Lutheran Brethren Church since becoming a Christian at Warm Beach, WA Bible Camp in 1977. He took his family to many church events in WA, OR and MN, where he made lifelong friendships. He was an encourager to many.
Don is survived by his wife, Janet Sorenson, of 53 years; his daughter, Katherine (Chad) McMurry of Vancouver, WA; and son, John (Serena) of Spokane; grandsons, Keegan (Julie) McMurry of Monmouth, OR, Seamus McMurry of Vancouver, WA; and granddaughter, Fia Sorenson of Spokane, WA; five brothers, Harvey Sorenson, John Sorenson, Dennis Sorenson, Dale Sorenson, David Sorenson; many nieces and nephews and Christian friends across the country.
A Memorial Service will be held at Memorial Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA, Sunday, July 19, 2020. Seating is limited, please RSVP to the family.
Contributions may be made to Firm Foundation Christian School
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 27, 2020
jan, your memories and strength from your Christian faith are blessings for each day . Marlene Hapala
marlene hapala
July 22, 2020
I didn't know you long, and I didn't know you well, but the impression that I got was that you were pretty swell! (I think that was Carolyn speaking.) I will remember your gregarious and friendly nature. Your presence will be sorely missed, but the memories of you will be cherished forever. Godspeed, Don.
Gayle Phillips Cantrell
July 20, 2020
I worked with Don at Jason Lee and Mac for several years. He was always positive and a good teacher. He was usually a step ahead of us when it came to tech questions and was very helpful. May he rest in peace.
Tim Hedges
July 19, 2020
Love you Uncle Donald. I will always remember your smile and your big laugh! I was always fascinated by your beard as a kid. :) We will miss you. Rest in Peace.
Kelly Ioane
July 19, 2020
hat a blessing as Dons former students have contacted us. Please include your school and year. Don taught at 5 schools over 50 years. He loved teaching math (the old way) and would still be tutoring at least if his health had been better.
Jan Sorenson
July 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dennis Wetzler
July 19, 2020
Mr. Sorensen was a wonderful man and teacher. I dont think he had another student that was so clearly non gifted in math. He was so kind and patient and I did actually manage to graduate from college. Hell be missed. Thanks for the smiles and encouragement. Much love from the middle -aged kids from Shumway.
Jenna Holliman
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