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Dean Craig Sorensen

January 9, 1947 — January 23, 2024

St. George

Dean Craig Sorensen

Dean C. Sorensen aka "Big D", beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away at the age of 77, after a brief but aggressive battle with leukemia. Dean was born on January 9, 1947, in Chicago Illinois to Harold & Lorraine (Adams) Sorensen. Dean lived a life of dedicated service to his country, his community, and his family.

Dean's education began in Chicago; he graduated high school in 1965 from Hopkins MN High School. In January 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam as a medic in the ReconS Corp from April, 1968 to January, 1969. He was honorably discharged in 1972. Following his discharge, Dean received an Associate of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, St. Mary's (now St. Catherine's). He received his certification as a respiratory therapist in May 1972. Thereafter, he was employed at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago in May 1973 and then for a medical rehabilitation services company at Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND from 1973 to 1984.

In July, 1975, Dean was lucky enough to convince a beautiful diminutive nurse, Pamela Jean Rudek, to become his wife and mother of his children. Their sons are Eric Paul, born July 2, 1976 and Matthew Adam, born July 24, 1983. The family lived and worked initially in Las Vegas moving eventually to St. George UT in 1986 where they have lived and worked ever since. Dean provided expert respiratory care to patients in the region through employment at TriCorp, LLC, Kolab Oxygen & Medical Equipment Co., and Lin Care prior to his retirement in 2022.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dean was a man of many interests. He loved that photography allowed him to preserve memories and share the wonders of life with others, leaving a lasting legacy of beauty and inspiration.

Dean also found solace and freedom behind the wheel of his car and heading for the open road. This love of driving took him on numerous excursions sometimes across country or even just across town, but each was filled with new sights, sounds, and experiences he treasured.

In addition to his love for photography and driving, Dean loved to tell stories especially about his time in the military and Vietnam. His recounting of those days always left an unforgettable impression on those fortunate enough to hear them. Dean's career in the military was acknowledged when he was selected to participate in the Utah Honor Flight in Washington, D.C. in October 2023 just weeks before his diagnosis. This was an honor of which he was extremely proud and humbled and for which his family will be forever grateful.

Above all else, Dean treasured his family, finding his greatest joy in the love and companionship they shared. He was a devoted husband to his beloved wife of 49 years, a nurturing father to his children, and a doting grandfather to his grandchildren.

Dean's love for music was well known to all. Whether he was simply enjoying the melodies of his favorite artists, music was a source of joy and solace throughout his life.

Though Dean's earthly journey has come to an end, his spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. As we mourn his passing, let us also celebrate the remarkable life he lived and the profound impact he had on the world around him. May his memory be a blessing and may his legacy of kindness, service, love, and storytelling continue to inspire us all.

Dean is survived by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, Erica Jae Sorensen, Cole Sorensen, and Cash Sorensen, all of St. George and extended family, and friends. His light will continue to shine brightly in our hearts, guiding us with love, inspiration, and the magic of his music and stories until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to organizations supporting veterans' causes or the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in Dean's honor.


A celebration of Dean's life will be held at McArthur Funeral Home on Saturday, February 17th, where family and friends will gather to honor his memory and share stories of his extraordinary life.
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