Larry Eugene Sorensen passed away on December 7, 2023, at his home in Waukee, Iowa. He was born on October 30, 1942, in Ft. Dodge, Iowa to Lawo "Red" and Marian Sorensen. He grew up in Laurens, IA. Larry attended Peru University where he met and married Diana (Ware) Sorensen on May 25th 1968. They both began careers in Sac City, IA. They were married for 27 years.
Larry touched the lives of countless students throughout his career as an English Teacher for 32 years. His passion for literature and his dedication to his students were evident in the way he brought the wonders of language to life in the classroom. Larry believed that a good education was the key to opening doors of opportunity for young minds, and he inspired generations of students to discover the power of words.
Beyond his role as an educator, Larry was also known for his work as a Newspaper Columnist and Managing Editor of the Boone News. His writing resonated with readers throughout the community. Through his columns, he gave voice to important issues while also capturing the essence of everyday life with poignant observations and relatable anecdotes.
But there was more to Larry than just his professional accomplishments. Known as "Papa Flash" to his granddaughters, he cherished spending time with them. Larry had a range of passions and interests that brought him joy. He had a natural talent for playing guitar and enjoyed capturing moments through photography. He was a devoted fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and followed their games with enthusiasm. Additionally, Larry had an appreciation for Corvettes and basketball held a special place in his heart, which stemmed from both watching and coaching.
As an avid reader himself, Larry had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and enjoyed exploring various genres. When he wasn't consumed in a book, he could be found honing his skills on the golf course or tennis court, finding solace in both sports.
Larry's memory will forever be cherished by his surviving family and friends. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Jon) Van't Hul of Waukee, who meant the world to him. He adored his granddaughters, Jaylie, Jelsie, Jovie, and Jilanie Van't Hul, with all of his heart. They brought immeasurable joy to his life and filled his days with laughter and love.
Larry is also survived by his sister Myrna (Marvin) Sorensen of Sioux City, IA; brother Harry Sorensen of Norfolk, NE; sister Dee (Randy Buchheit) Farrell of Cresco, IA; nephews Scott (Aimee) Sorensen of Highlands Ranch, CO and Tony (Laura) Sorensen of Sioux Falls, SD; nieces Melanie (Nick) Smith of Iowa City and Amanda Buchanan of Norfolk, NE; five great-nephews and two great-nieces.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the remarkable life that Larry lived will be held on December 12th, 2023. The service will commence at 1:00 PM at Ernst Funeral Home located at 80 NE Dartmoor Drive in Waukee, Iowa. Family and friends are invited to gather at this time to honor Larry's memory together.
Larry Eugene Sorensen, will be remembered not only for his professional achievements but also for the lasting impact he made on the lives of those he encountered. He was a dedicated teacher, a talented writer, a loving father and a proud grandfather. Larry's legacy will live on through his words and the memories he created with those dear to him. May he rest in peace knowing that his life was well-lived and that he made a significant difference in the lives of many