Obituary: James N. Sorensen

jsorensenobitpicJames N. Sorensen, 70, passed away unexpectedly in San Francisco on July 29, 2015 from complications following a stroke. He was born August 7, 1944 in Princeton, Missouri, but grew up a valley kid among the stone fruit orchards of Reedley, Calif.

Jim enlisted in the army in 1967 and served as a Special Forces Combat Medic in the Vietnam War. After returning from Vietnam, he graduated from Humboldt State with a degree in forestry. He worked as a Professional Forester, first with Arcata Redwood, before starting his own successful business, Freelance Forestry. He served on the Humboldt County Planning Commission in the 1980s and was commander of American Legion Post #274 in 1988.

Jim also had many hobbies — woodworking, gardening, shooting — and could fix anything. He was an avid military historian and treasured the brotherhood he shared with his fellow veterans.

Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jan Sorensen, of McKinleyville, and daughter, Ginny, of Portland, Ore.; his cousin and lifelong friend, Dr. Marshall Sorensen and family; his cousin Betty Pedersen; and many other relatives and friends, including Joyce, Terry and Sam Torgerson, Joe Hannon, Verne Frost and Wes Rumble and his brothers in Special Forces Chapter 89.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice, the JROTC Program at Eureka High School or the charity of your choice. A memorial will be held at the Northern California Veteran’s Cemetery in Igo, Calif.


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