Howard John SorensenSanta ClaraHoward John Sorensen passed away from complications due to surgery on Friday, June 30, 2017, at the age of 79. He was born on October 11, 1937 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Alton Harry Sorensen and Ruth Bergquist Sorensen, the fourth son of five children. He graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City. He graduated from the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and obtained his PhD from the University of Missouri. He married Vivian Lucille Dick on August 18, 1967, in the Salt Lake City Utah LDS Temple. They adopted two children, Cyndee and Nathan. They lived in Utah, Missouri, Kentucky and Maryland. Howard taught woodworking in high schools and enjoyed working with his hands. He was employed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their woodworking department in the Washington, DC LDS Temple and then as an engineer, retiring in December 2002.He served in the United States Army for two years. He served an LDS mission to the Netherlands and was able to tour some of Europe and Great Britain after his mission.Lucille passed away in December 1998 and on December 9, 2000 he married Winnifred Nan Hopkins Andrick in Montgomery Village, Maryland. They moved to Santa Clara, Utah, in April 2003. Howard was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life and held many positions including serving twice as a Branch President, Counselor in the Stake Sunday School and Ward Sunday School and was currently serving as the secretary to the High Priest Group Leadership in the Santa Clara Seventh Ward. He was also serving as a Family History Consultant and a ward librarian. His favorite calling was as a home teacher and he faithfully visited his families every month. He served as an ordinance worker in the St. George LDS Temple from December 2003 through March 2007 and as a Shift Coordinator on the Tuesday Early Shift from July 2005 through June 2006. He was diligent in attending the temple twice a week and was part of a team that performed sealings on the first Friday of every month for about 10 years. Howard and his wife, Winnie, served a two-year service mission at the St. George Member Locator Center. He enjoyed working on genealogy, gardening, studying the scriptures and was an excellent cook. He was known for his flavorful baked beans dish. He and Winnie served as ushers at Tuacahn for 11 summers. They also enjoyed serving in the local soup kitchen four times a year for several years as part of their stake's assignment.He is survived by his wife, Winnie, his daughter Cyndee (Michael) Clay, his son Nathan (Sarah) and two grandchildren, Hailey and Emma Sorensen, his brothers, Bruce (Suzanne) and Keith (Carolyn), and his brother-in-law Ron Knight. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Alton and his wife Betty, and his sister Elaine Sorensen Knight.There will be a viewing Wednesday evening, July 5, at the Rachel Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 3815 Rachel Dr, Santa Clara, UT 84765, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. before the funeral at 11:00 a.m. at the Rachel Chapel. Internment will take place on Saturday in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.