Utah billionaire and philanthropist James L. Sorenson was honored at the Senate this morning with a resolution recognizing his accomplishments and "impact on Utah, its citizens and the world."

The resolution also offered condolences to his family. Sorenson died Jan. 20 and is survived by his wife Beverley, 8 children, 47 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Sen. Patricia Jones, D-Salt Lake City, noted Sorenson's willingness to "take a thorny problem and come up with solutions." Jones also thanked Beverley Sorenson for her involvement in Salt Lake City schools' programs for art and music.

Sorenson was successful in a large variety of business pursuits, but the Senate resolution made particular note of his innovation in the field of medical devices.

Some of James' pioneering inventions include the disposable surgical mask, non-invasive plastic venous catheters, blood recycling and infusion systems, novel anti-clotting solutions and the first real-time computerized heart monitoring system.

The resolution also recognizes Sorenson's impact on those around him and the state of Utah.

"The life of James L. Sorenson convincingly demonstrates the power one person can have to better the lives of many," it reads.