Download Zipped Introduced WordPerfect HR0004.ZIP
[Status][Bill Documents][Fiscal Note][Bills Directory]

H.R. 4






Chief Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This resolution of the House of Representatives honors the life and accomplishments of
             10      James L. Sorenson.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    honors the extraordinary life of James L. Sorenson, his accomplishments, and their
             14      impact for good on Utah, its citizens, and the world; and
             15          .    expresses condolences to James L. Sorenson's family at his passing.
             16      Special Clauses:
             17          None
             19      Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the state of Utah:
             20          WHEREAS, James L. Sorenson was born in a farmhouse in Rexburg, Idaho on July 30,
             21      1921, the first child of young parents Joseph LeVoy and Emma Blaser Sorenson;
             22          WHEREAS, the love and encouragement provided by his parents enabled James to
             23      embrace life with enthusiasm and an optimistic attitude, even while growing up in the midst of
             24      the Great Depression;
             25          WHEREAS, with this attitude, James overcame the poverty of his childhood to become
             26      one of the world's leading inventors, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists;
             27          WHEREAS, James was raised in northern California and received a basketball

             28      scholarship to Sierra College;
             29          WHEREAS, James was later accepted into the naval V5 pilot training and V7 medical
             30      programs, but chose instead to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
             31      Saints (LDS) to the New England States;
             32          WHEREAS, James enlisted in the United States Marines, graduated from Officers
             33      Candidate School, and completed his pharmacy internship;
             34          WHEREAS, it was in the LDS Manhattan Ward in New York that James met his
             35      beloved bride, Beverley Taylor;
             36          WHEREAS, James and Beverley were married in the Logan LDS Temple July 23,
             37      1946, and spent 61 happy years together;
             38          WHEREAS, in 1947, James made his first real estate purchase, a $50 down payment on
             39      a newly built home in Rose Park, and made his first real estate investment acquisition, 3.5
             40      acres on the Salt Lake Valley bench;
             41          WHEREAS, after an honorable release from military service, James worked eight years
             42      for the Upjohn Company as a salesman;
             43          WHEREAS, in 1957, James stopped selling for Upjohn and co-founded Deseret
             44      Pharmaceutical;
             45          WHEREAS, in 1960, James sold his share of Deseret Pharmaceutical and purchased a
             46      garment manufacturer, renaming it LeVoy's;
             47          WHEREAS, in 1962, the success of LeVoy's enabled James to pursue his real passion,
             48      medical products, by founding Sorenson Research;
             49          WHEREAS, some of James' pioneering inventions include the disposable surgical
             50      mask, non-invasive plastic venous catheters, blood recycling and infusion systems, novel
             51      anti-clotting solutions, and the first real-time computerized heart monitoring systems;
             52          WHEREAS, many of James' inventions became standard equipment in health care;
             53          WHEREAS, the host of medical innovations James invented transformed patient care
             54      in hospitals and clinics throughout the world and helped save or improve millions of lives;
             55          WHEREAS, James' inventions yielded more than 40 patents;
             56          WHEREAS, in 1980, James sold Sorenson Research to Abbott Laboratories and
             57      became its largest private stockholder;
             58          WHEREAS, James founded a family of dynamic entrepreneurial organizations in

             59      industries ranging from information technology to life sciences, real estate, and genetic
             60      genealogy;
             61          WHEREAS, enjoying success in a variety of businesses, James was constantly
             62      interested in new ideas, new technologies, and potential acquisitions;
             63          WHEREAS, in 1999, James broke ground on Rosecrest, a master-planned subdivision
             64      on the Salt Lake Valley's southwest bench;
             65          WHEREAS, in 2000, James founded Sorenson Genomics LLC;
             66          WHEREAS, in 2001, James founded the nonprofit research organization Sorenson
             67      Molecular Genealogy Foundation;
             68          WHEREAS, in 2007, James broke ground on Jordanelle Ridge, a high-end
             69      master-planned community in Heber Valley;
             70          WHEREAS, James greatly enjoyed acting on new ideas, creating companies to make
             71      them a reality, and getting involved in worthwhile endeavors;
             72          WHEREAS, despite his professional and philanthropic accomplishments, James
             73      consistently maintained that his greatest legacy was his family, including 47 grandchildren and
             74      28 great-grandchildren;
             75          WHEREAS, James spent many hours reading poetry, which brought him great solace;
             76          WHEREAS, James loved being alone in nature and enjoying its beauties;
             77          WHEREAS, James took a great interest in people and it was not in his nature to
             78      distinguish himself from others; and
             79          WHEREAS, the life of James L. Sorenson convincingly demonstrates the power one
             80      person can have to better the lives of many:
             81          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives of the
             82      state of Utah honors the extraordinary life of James L. Sorenson and all that he did to better the
             83      lives of Utahns and many millions of other people throughout the world.
             84          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Representatives expresses its most
             85      sincere condolences to James L. Sorenson's family at his passing.
             86          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to James L.
             87      Sorenson's family.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-30-08 2:24 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

[Bill Documents][Bills Directory]