In Memory


Ben Sorensen

Benjamin "Ben" Jay Sorensen


Benjamin Jay Sorensen, aged 58 years, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 9:30 p.m. in the arms of his one, true love. There was never a man who embraced life with all its challenges, beauties, and adventures the way he did.

Ben was born in El Paso, Texas on August 15, 1961. The youngest of four and son of an Air Force veteran, he lived in several cities and countries until moving to Provo, Utah.

A true son of Provo, Ben attended Timpview High School. He served an LDS mission in Cordoba, Argentina. Knowing Spanish was very useful when he later attended Brigham Young University and met the love of his life, Thelma Antillon. They were married for time and eternity on November 22, 1986, in the Provo Temple.

Together, Ben and Thelma had two children and settled in American Fork, Utah. As a family, they most enjoyed traveling and watching movies. Ben was a devoted father and grandfather who was always ready to watch a movie or read a story - first with his children and then with his grandchildren. Family time was one of his highest priorities.

With his son, Ben was skilled in making even the most mundane-sounding activity an event. They went grocery shopping, stopped at 7-Eleven for Slurpees, and got haircuts together. With his daughter, Ben emphasized hard work and adventure. They saw some of the most impressive sites in the world together such as the pyramids of Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza, the canals of Amsterdam, the cathedrals of St. Petersburg, and the plazas of Madrid.

Ben is survived by his devoted wife, Thelma Antillon Sorensen; his beloved children, Benjamin Jacob Sorensen and Cecilia Sorensen Wilbur; as well as his favorite grandchildren: James Rafael, Daisy Elaine, and Bentley Jay. Ben is also survived by his loving siblings, Sharman Hafen, James Sorensen, and Philip Sorensen.

A viewing will be held at the Berg Drawing Room Chapel, 185 East Center Street, Provo, Utah, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 9:30-10:50 a.m. followed by a family-only funeral and graveside service. Condolences may be expressed at!/Obituary

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04/08/20 09:28 AM #1    

John Johnson

I have good memories of Ben. He was a great foosball player that we were always trying to beat. One scout camp we went on, he spent too much time in the sun on a raft at Silver Lake and severly sunburned his legs to the point that he had to be hospitalized to help the skin on his legs heal. Ben we will miss you! 

04/08/20 12:12 PM #2    

Michael Bullock

Ben was one of my best friends. We were close during high school, but I saw less of him when I moved away from Utah. Any time i visited Utah, I would usually make time to go see Ben. He had many health problems over the years, but I never heard him complain. I don't believe I could suffer through what he did with such composure and courage. I loved Ben and I wish I could have been there for him during this last battle with illness. He was always a good example to me of a good man, husband and father.

Until we meet again...

04/10/20 09:57 AM #3    

Mark Messick

Ben was a great neighbor to grow up by.  He was always king to me even though he was 1 year older.  

04/11/20 01:24 PM #4    

Juanita Stubbs (Bushman)

Ben was a great guiy and I am so sorry he suffered with health concerns.  I guess that can happen as we age. I always loved Ben's shy smile and pleasant personality.  He was a cutie, and had a distinctive walk. Even his walk showed his sweet, shy personality.  My thoughts are with his sweet wife and children.  Most, if not all of us, know exactly how Ben's family feels.  What I know about loss is this - they will never get over it, they will only get on with it.  Sadly, that is true.  I wish Ben's loved ones and close friends all the best during this time of remembrance.   warmly, Juanita Stubbs Bushman

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