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David (Dave) Sorenson


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David (Dave) Sorenson

David (Dave) Sorenson, 97, passed away on June 27, 2020 at home in Roswell surrounded by family. He was born on January 3, 1923 in Elyria, Ohio to Nels Christian Sorenson and Doris Leuzler Sorenson, and spent most of his childhood in Findlay, Ohio.

Married to Bonnie Jean LeGrand in Salineville, Ohio on December 27, 1948, Bonnie passed away in 2003 after 54 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roger and sisters Marian Sorenson and Juliet Grandi.

He is survived by his children: Christine Grim, Matthew Sorenson and his partner Tracie Gunnell, Kellie Kross and her partner David Johnson. Dave was blessed with seven grandchildren: Rob Kross, Emily McMullen and husband Erin, David T. Sorenson, Andrew Kross, Lauren Grim, Julie Kross, Daniel Grim; great-grandchildren Dexter and Stanley McMullen and Macy and Cole Schoenberger. Dave is also survived by his nephew Greg Nibert, his wife Carolyn and sons Gregory and Jeff, and his niece Kim Meeks, her husband Eddie and her children Jennifer Pfeiffer and David McDaniel.

Educated in Ohio, Dave graduated from Findlay High School in 1940. In 1942 he joined the Air Force and served four years in England and Europe with the 8th and 9th Air Force Divisions. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from The Ohio State University in 1950 with help of the GI Bill. He was a huge Ohio State Fan and kept a buckeye in his pocket for luck.

After graduation, Dave went to work for Texaco on a seismograph crew.

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In 1951 he joined the Ohio Oil Company, now Marathon Oil, working 15 years as a scout, landman and exploration supervisor in New Mexico.

Dave opened his own office in 1966 as an independent petroleum landman, an occupation he pursued until his death.

He was a charter member and former director of the American Association of Professional Landmen and served on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association. Other professional associations included the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association, the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Landmen’s Association of North Dakota and the Roswell and New Mexico Geological Societies.

Dave enjoyed nothing more than spending time on a lake with friends, a good cigar and a glass of Merlot. Known for his sense of humor, Dave used to joke that he read the obituary column to see if he had made it. Well Dave, you made it. Now you’ll be fishing in a bigger pond and every fish will be a keeper.

A quiet, loyal and generous man, he will truly be missed and lovingly remembered. Rest In Peace with the Lord, knowing you touched many lives and were an example of true character and integrity.

At his request, no services will be held. Contributions may be made to the Cowboy Bell Scholarship fund at the First United Methodist Church in Roswell.

When I come to the end

of the road

And the sun has

set for me,

I want no rites in a

gloom-filled room —

Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little —

but not too long

And not with your

head bowed low.

Remember the love

that we once shared —

Miss me but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take

And each must go alone.

It’s all a part

of the Master’s plan

A step on the

road to home.

When you are lonely

and sick at heart

Go to the friends we know,

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.

Miss me but let me go.


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