Earl William Sorensen, 88, of Chester, Utah, passed away March 9, 2022.
Earl was born Nov. 30, 1933 on a cold day just before noon in Spring City at the family home. He grew up with four brothers and three sisters.
As a young man, he grew up milking cows by hand, herding sheep and cutting wood for the wood-burning stove in the home. As soon as Earl was old enough to pack a gun, he went hunting with his Stevens 30-30 rifle, which was given to him by his brother, Perry.
Earl enjoyed school and excelled in wood shop. He met the love of his life, Francis Joan Allred, and they were married for time and eternity on July 17, 1953 in the Manti Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Earl and Francis were blessed with five children: Aaron, Blake, Julie, Robert and Richard.
Earl started his working career at Kennecott Copper Mine, then moved back to the Sanpete Valley and began milking cows, taking care of a flock of turkeys and doing other farm work. In 1967, Earl bought his own dairy farm. He milked cows for 45 years, then sold the cows and went to work tending turkeys.
Later he became a custodian for a time at Moroni Elementary School.
Earl was bishop of the Chester Ward for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Among his other callings, he was a bishop’s counselor and temple worker in the Manti Temple.
Earl is survived by his wife, Francis, and five children: Aaron (Deborah); Blake (Miriam); Julie (David); Robert (Jeannie); and Richard; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and siblings: David (Kim) Sorensen; Glenn (Pat) Sorensen; Myrle (Ralph) Smith; Mary Wilkins; Linda (Fred) Stone and Wesley (Jan) Sorensen.
Preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Leonard; and granddaughter, Sharlee Sorensen.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. in the Wales Ward Chapel with viewings Thursday, March 17 from 5-7 p.m.