What a tremendous legacy this man leaves. Nearly everyone will have been
affected by his efforts in one manner or another.
I would say this mans legacy was a man that cared about people as wellWhat
an amazing story and a man to have lived and used his money to give to people
that needed medical help with inventing useful equiptmentMyself needing a
Blood filter for Dialysis and a machine to clean the bloodMaybe I own this
man my life too?Thanks to those that give to the people.My heart has
always been for, and with the peopleI just have no money to giveSo
I did the best in services I could provide in giving what I had to offer
People like this move the human race forward in their embodiment of service,
work and faith. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
One who uses things to enrichens peoples lives...great to read about people who
have reached a financial pinnacle and use it for GOOD!!! I aspire to follow
Rest in peace. A great creator and generous man. But most importantly, a
My thoughts and prayers go to the entire Sorenson and Williamsen family! What a
wonderful life he lead
We will miss this great man. Thanks James for all you have done to help all of
us. The medical filed will miss you greatly and so will we. What a wonderful
example to all those who follow.
James you will never be forgotten. Your are one of the greatest life saves know
to our time. Thank you from all us who have lived because of you.
He was a truly inspired man with a wonderful family that will serve as a lasting
It is an honor to live in Utah. Here is where such an honorable human
contributor such as Mr. Sorsenson lived and gave. I thank him and his family, I
send love and condolences.
His charity exemplifies the true love of Christ for all people on the earth.
My condolences to the Sorensons. Having worked closely with him for many years
I can say he was one of the most generous and hard working people I know. He
will be missed dearly but his legacy will live on forever.God Bless.
He was a very giving man. He entered many fields that weren't likely to produce
a profit(creating devices for deaf people), but he was much more concerned with
helping people. He obviously ended up making a great fortune, but ended up
giving much of it back to the local area. A truly great man.
His LeVoy's clothing line may not be life-saving as his medical inventions, but
they provided us with a wonderful alternative to the worldly fashions. Wish
they were still available. I still wear one of the gowns of those many years
Dear Beverly and familyWords will never fully express my deepest
sympathies. Among the many memories are the party on Logan Circle where Jim
removed his shoes to reveal a hole in his stockings and how shocked you were-
what a joke on you.may your testimonies bouy you up now and foreverBill
I just happen to be another person who knows about his greatness = how he
invented a "machine" to save the lives of our military men right on the
battlefield = how he gave individuals money for fear he woas going to miss the
Celestial Kingdom due to his having so much money = what a great son he was to
his parents, tending to their every need. His parents were very happy parents
having such a great son. I do not think he will ever miss being being exhalted
and have the great priviledge of meeting his Savior. What a great meeting he
has either had or will have for being such an honorable Priesthood Holder.
Young people - follow the example this great Priesthood holder has set for you
to see and to emulate.
The world is pooer today because of the loss of James Sorensen. He was a mover
and a shaker, a philanthorpist and caring person. He was concerned about
educating the whole child and donated to fine arts education state-wide.
Beverly you have my deepest sympathies and prayers. Know that James will be
fondly remembered by all who knew him or benefitted from his largese. God bless
you and your family.
As a Utah entrepreneur, I must say that James Sorenson was one of my great
inspirations. I hope his great works for the deaf and others continue. James
is a truly great and successful man, and not merely financially.Perhaps God will tap him (as an angel) to help manage the Romney campaign? We
can use all the help we can get! (With all the good he's done, I'm sure he's
earned his wings!)
Thanks James for all of your inovation and kindness. I know that much of your
genorosity has not been made public.
I am a Sorenson Legacy Scholarship recipient attending the University of Utah. I
am very grateful to Mr. Sorenson and his family for the opportunity to earn my
degree. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you tonight. Please know that
the effects of his kindness is still with us and will continue to thrive as long
as all those whom he helped honor his memory. Blessings to your family.
I was introduced to James by my greatest friend, Gail who is his daughter a few
years ago - at his own old office. I felt his greatest legacy in him. I also
felt his Love for his family and his companies which really help so many people
including Deaf people like myself (video relay service)= VRS). Thank you so
much, James. Beverly and whole Sorensons, you have my condolences. Will see him
again Next Life. Hope he will help our Mitt Romney winning his position as our
next US President! I hope to work with him (campaign and offices) someday!
Again, my heart goes to you, whole Sorenson Family especially so-sweet Beverely.
As a former employee of Mr. Sorenson, I very much enjoyed getting to know this
great man. I was in one of the meetings to discuss his starting contribution to
the perpetual education fund and that fund will be forever in debt to him.
Millions all over the world are in debt to him. He was a great man and my
condolences to his family. He was a great man to work for and my family is
better now because of him.
All that you can take with you, is what you leave behind...God Speed
Why would God tap Sorenson to help with the Romney campaign? Just curious what
makes you think God wants Romney to become President.On to
Sorenson....he was a great man, but he owes a LOT of his success to his original
business partner Dale Ballard. Ballard was the brains and inspiration behind
Deseret Pharmaceuticals, and it was because of Ballard that Sorenson made his
first millions. Even though their original partnership dissolved many years
ago, they remained friends, and continued to meet for coffee every week. The
difference is that Ballard gave away much of the ownership in his companies to
his employees, while Sorenson didn't. Ballard made many people millionaires,
and Sorenson gave away millions to charity. Both were very philanthropic.
I am sure that I heard of this great man growing up, since he is a peer age to
my parents, who are deceased. I am also sure that even though I don't know it,
I have been affected by his great contribution to the state of Utah, the LDS
church and society itself. It was nice to read about such a great and positive
man, I hope that his family will continue in his footsteps and that they will
feel peace at this time of loss.
I've been reading the news religiously for a decade and I've never heard of this
guy?!! Shows he doesn't flaunt his wealth to get noticed. Very commendable.
It blows my mind all of the things he invented. And here I thought Huntsman was
the richest guy in Utah?
Sorenson was a philanthropist, as is Huntsman, as are hundreds of thousands of
other Utahns, each in their own way, some with money, some with time, some with
a smile or a hug.
Thank you so much for Sorenson VRS. Now Deaf people can communicate through VP
(video phone) all around the world to each other and the hearing world. The
world of communication has opened wide!!
I worked for Sorenson Research when minimum wage was $3.10 per hour. My
starting salary, with nothing more than a G.E.D. was $4.50. Within a few
months, I was up to $5.15 per hour. Within 2 years, I was up to $7.45 per hour.
Mr. Sorenson was very generous to his employees. Back in 1981, he had some
"extra money" and gave everyone a bonus of $100 for every year they worked for
him. Michelle King on the News called him, "Corporate Santa Claus." He had
many true friends and he gave them jobs even if they weren't really qualified
with college degrees and such. I am thrilled to find out that he gave so much
to so many. He never really flaunted his wealth; it appears that he gave in
secret. When the Nauvoo Temple restoration was announced, President Hinckley
merely said, "a private donor..." Now we know to whom we are so grateful.
Thank you, Jim!
In 1981, Mr. Sorenson gave that bonus of $100 for each year the employees had
worked for him even AFTER he sold Sorenson Research to Abbott Labs in 1980.
"It is an honor to live in Utah. Here is where such an honorable human
contributor such as Mr. Sorsenson lived and gave. "I do not intend
for my comments to take away from the great life and legacy of Mr. Sorenson.
Truly, he was an example of what we should aspire to become and his many
contributions to this world will continue to affect many people's lives for
many, many years to come. This world is better because of what this man
gave....however, I hate to break it all to you tunnel-vision Utahns, but there
are really great people that live outside the walls of Utah. Many of those
people have given a lot as well, and Utah does not have the corner on the market
of generous people.It's an honor to know people such as Mr. Sorenson
and to benefit from their contributions to society, regardless of where you
live. To say it's an honor to live in Utah makes me want to puke. That
mentality is so closed-minded and I've grown weary of Utahns thinking the world
revolves around what happens in Utah. News Flash-there is life outside of Utah.
Only gives 1/2 a percent to charity. The majority of Utah's give more. Think
The Average Person can't always see the real value of a man. And we can't see
the many things these philanthropists do that they don't report. He gave
hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions to so many places, and it matters
not that he be credited with it all. May we all be as loving, as caring with
our limited abilities as he was with his.
.... he was someone who impressed me. My dad once worked at one of his plants as
a facilities maintenance person--very blue-collar. Some 10 years later, I was
employed with a caterer and we did a private party at Mr. Sorenson's house. Mr.
Sorenson spoke a bit with all of us, and when he heard my last name he instantly
recognized the heritage, asking me questions about my dad and how he was. This,
despite my dad not having worked for him in a decade and despite the radical
wealth differences (blue-collar vs. billionaire)! I cannot tell you how
impressed I was with him, since he refused to look down on the "hired
help"--either his regular employees or the ones serving his food.The
world was better off with him in it and is hurt by his passing. He will be
Do we really know how much he gave? No mortal does.What we do know
is that Jim Sorenson overcame more challenges than most people ever know, and
continually corrected his own faults and past mistakes. He continuously improved
his already good connection to fellow humans.We are not in any
position to judge him.Most will do well by seeking to emulate his life.Jim was a "Because I have been given much, I too will give" kind of man.His choice of eccentricity was an effective way to stay focused on what he
wanted to create and give.
It's an honor to live in Idaho, not because we have more millionaires (per
capita), rather because there are so many great people, (some of whom are also
wealthy).It's an honor to live in Oregon, where I grew up, for the
same reason, lots of great people.It's an honor to live in Utah.
James Sorenson was one of the great people there, not because he earned so much
money, rather because of his positive influence which truly affected us in
Idaho, and everywhere else. It's an honor to live in _your neck of
The rich Legacy James leave behind him to all of us is his life and how he lived
it,his service to others,to his dear family I extend my thoughts and prayers ,
what a debt of gratitude is owed to this giant of a man by countless millions
around this wide world.May God bless his memory and extend to your family the
comfort of a life well lived.S.L. Williams
Having been in Jim's home and office areas, I can personally attest to this mans
modesty. The most beautiful and brillant thing in his home and totally
irreplaceable was not inanimate possessions but his wife Beverly. Jim was a
great man of our time and I truely admired him and respected how he didn't
flaunt himself, but for every great man there is typically a great women
involved. We will miss you Jim and thank you for all your hard work in this
world, my love and condolences go out to the family especially Beverly thanks
for your loving kindness.
(The average person | 9:25 a.m. Jan. 21, 2008 Only gives 1/2 a percent to
charity. The majority of Utah's give more. Think about it.) What did
you intend to say? "The average person Only gives 1/2 a percent"?
Or, were you suggesting Mr. Sorenson "Only gives 1/2 a percent"?
Gail:I am sorry for your families loss, but trust that your heart is
filled with the warmth of a lifetime of good experiences and memories.
HELLO MY NAME IS KATHY EARWOOD IM LEGAL DEAF BLIN I WANNA TO SAY OH LORD S WE
WILL MISS HIM AND WE LVOE THEM VERRY S MUCH IN OUR BIG S HEART WE WILL BE MROE
THAN HAPPY TO PRAYING S WITH HIS WIFE AND ALL OF HIS LOVELY FAMILY S AND ETC
THANK S KATHY EARWOOD
I fully Understand for this very Value to care their people , also I never met
them as I wish , I would like thank for Sorenson to Give somebody about
Sorenson VP 100 and VP 200 , all everything went Success everything , we notice
their deaf people really Happy and thanks for many thing to do ... We will
Pray for you bless with their family... take care yourself ....thanksKentucky
I am sorry for your loss. you are all my thoughts and Prayer. I really thanks to
James Levoy Sorenson for giving us the VP 100 and VP 200. We are sure very happy
to have communicate with hearing impaired all over the world. Rest in Peace
James Levoy Sorenson. God Bless him. Thank you.
I AM SORRY YOUR LOSS HUSBAND AND CHILDREN.. THANK YOU SO MANY SUCESSFUL BUSINESS
FOR THE DEAF ON SORESON VIDEO.. GOD TAKE HIM AS PEACE BE HAPPY HOME IN HEAVEN
NOW... GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY..
I did not get the pleasure of meeting Mr. Sorenson but do work for one of his
companies, Sorenson VRS. Only Mr. Sorenson and all deaf and hard of hearing
folks can appreciate the gift that God has given to him - his briliant mind.
The doors have been open for quality FREE accessible communication for all deaf
and hh people. I, a CODA, (child of a deaf adult - both parents are deaf) can
now see and sign to my parents and loved ones! Sorenson VRS is a wonderful
company to work for and displays the caring nature of Mr. Sorenson, Sr. Mr.
Sorenson's son will always have big shoes to fill, but is very blessed to have
such a wonderful role model. My hope and prayer is that we believers in Jesus
Christ will see Mr. Sorenson Sr in heaven and can witness all the jewels on his
crown displaying all his obedience to the Lord! My family's thoughts and prayers
are with the Sorenson family during this time. South Carolina
I really appreciated that you provide Sorenson vrs for all deaf and had of
hearing and want to say 'THANK YOU VERY MUCH' We need to use talking on vp alot
alot instead of tty or voice phone. I am really sorry to hear about MR.SORENSON
went to heaven with Jesus Christ. i wish i could meet him but never meet him i
wish i could say something to him 'THANK YOU' hand with sign language. We pray
for your family and be strong in your heart and love him and blessing him .
WOWOWOW!! amazing him !
i am sorry abt loss of james l. sorenson. i am so appretice make of vp 100 and
200 cuz everybody love the vp with commucition thur hearing imparied or hearing
parents and thank u very much to help deaf people get the vp god bless yall
with ur family and ur wife too
Hi, I'm sorry to hear James Sorenson and he will be alright in the heaven for
his rest in peace and Lord will take care of him. and I wish meet him but and
thank u for have the VP 100 and VP 200 bec lots deafs people in the worlds will
love of the sorenson at all and also too hearing impaired. we all lovely
sorensons smile and bless his family to be strong thier life
Thank you James L. Sorenson for all you have given. Thank you for your example
of love, passion, and stewardship. May The Lord embrace you home and bless your
So, now who's the richest man in utah???