John L. “Jack” Sorensen passed away on 1/9/2024 in Logan, Utah, the same city where he was born (September 9, 1929). He loved the time he spent growing and living at the Eccles Hotel, which his father managed. His mother was the bookkeeper.
Jack was a highly educated man, first graduating from Logan High School in 1947, and next, Utah State University in 1951. Following that, he moved to Salt Lake to attend medical school at the University of Utah, obtaining his M.D. in 1955. But more important than any class, school, or degree, he met his wife, Lyndyl “Lindy” Stambaugh, a nursing student. Lindy was Jack’s love, and they stayed together for more than 65 years, a glorious marriage that gave them two incredible children, Patricia and Holly Susan. Jack's internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease took him to the west coast, at various University of California hospitals in San Francisco.
Following his education, he served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon and Chief of Medicine at the base hospital. He stayed in the Air Force reserves for more than twenty years.
His professional career was a long and proud one. Until 1980, for more than twenty years, his medical offices were part of the Budge Clinic in Logan. But in 1980, he accepted the opportunity to open the Cardiology Department at Logan Regional Hospital, eventually serving thousands of Utahns. In 1988, a change was in order, and Jack proudly accepted a position as Chief of Medicine at a Veteran's Administration medical facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. His last career stop followed a long recruitment by the Heart Institute of Nevada, where he practiced as a cardiologist until he retired in 2007. Jack served as President of the Utah Society of Internal Medicine and the Utah Heart Association, and as Governor for Utah for the American College of Cardiology. He was also a professor at the University of Utah’s College of Medicine in the cardiology department. He held fellowship status in the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. Jack’s life came full circle when he and Lindy returned to Logan in 2011.
He shared his non-working life with his close-knit family and his wife, Lindy. His hobbies included golfing, fishing (especially in Alaska), sailing, piano, but perhaps most of all, he enjoyed skiing with the family. Jack was a recreational pilot, spending countless hours in the air with Lindy. Now that they’re back together in death, it’s easy to imagine them happily skiing the glorious mountains of Utah.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John (“Jack”) and Connie Sorensen and his youngest daughter, Holly Rovner (Dr. Jerry Rovner). More importantly though, Jack is back with his lovely wife of more than 65 years, Lindy. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Davis (Dr. Wayne Davis), and grandchildren: Dr. Erin Davis Loersch (Joseph Loersch), Matthew Davis, Sarah Rovner, Amy Rovner (Stuart Durman), and Heather Rovner (Daniel Schulz). He also leaves behind three very well-loved great grandchildren.
Burial will be under the direction of Allen Hall Mortuary in the Logan City Cemetery. A viewing will be held at noon on January 30, 2024 at St John’s Episcopal Church, with memorial services to follow at 1:00 PM. Jack and his entire family have lived lives of service to the community. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to a charity of their choosing, either in money or in time. The service will be broadcast for online viewing. Additional instructions and a link will be included in Jack’s obituary at the Allen Hall Mortuary website, www.allenmortuaries.net/obituaries.
Funeral service will be livestreamed and can be viewed via the link below (passcode: Jack)