Our loving husband, father, grandfather, coach and friend, unexpectedly passed away Sunday night Feb. 15, 1998 at home, surrounded by his family, from a pulmonary blood clot to the lung.
Clair was born to Alton C. and Wanda (Johnson) Sorensen on May 25, 1940 in Logan, Utah. Married Geneal Gardner, March 26, 1965 in the Logan LDS Temple for time and all eternity.They were blessed with six wonderful children, Alton Craig (Melanie), Kenna, Brad (Tiffinie), Stephanie, Corrie and Brian. Clair had five beautiful grandchildren whom he loved and adored, Alton Chad, Alexandria, Ryan, Parker and Abbey. Also survived by his stepmother, Leona (Spuhler) Sorensen, and brothers, Warren, Kendall, and Gerald and sisters, Jackie, Galane, Kaylin and Dena.
Clair found great pride in serving his country in the military and retired after 23 years as a Major. After fulfilling three years of active duty in the US Army, Clair graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor degree, and he finished his Masters at the University of Utah. He began his 30 year teaching career at Granite High School and when Cottonwood High School opened, he became Cottonwood's first and only head swimming coach. Through his devotion and dedication he touched countless lives as a teacher and a coach. He inspired them with his wisdom and passion for life. Yet, he found his greatest joy in watching, supporting and coaching his own children.
He will be remembered as a loving husband and father. We will miss him, he will always be our Champion!
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, at 1 p.m., South Cottonwood 16th Ward, 5290 South Wesley Road (1120 E), where friends may call Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and on Friday, one hour prior to services. Interment, Mountain View Memorial Estates, 3115 East 7800 South, with Military Rites.
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