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October 20, 2021

10/12/2021 6:58:00 AM
Sorenson, MSgt Wesley Ryan

MSgt Wesley Ryan Sorenson, age 41, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021 after 37 days in the hospital battling COVID-19 in Jackson, California. Wes was a treasured son, dedicated big brother, the world's best husband, and a life-long friend to countless people that he had met in his life, which was full of fun and adventure. He loved the outdoors with hunting, fishing, and camping among his favorite activities. Hopefully, wherever he is fishing now, he is catching the big ones.

Wesley was born on May 30, 1980 in Columbus, WI to Scott and Marlene Sorenson. He learned the value of honest work living in the country and developed his knack for mechanical work alongside his father. For his 14th birthday, a surprise first flying lesson led to his life-long passion for soaring the skies around the world. After graduating from Rio High School in 1998, Wesley enlisted in the Air Force as a Helicopter Crew Chief at Hurlburt Field in Pensacola, FL. Before long, his passion and drive earned him a position as a Flight Engineer on the biggest US Military Aircraft, the C5 in Dover, Delaware. After continuing to improve his skills, he was offered the position of Flight Engineer on the much smaller Gulfstream jet out of Ramstein AFB in Germany and then Tampa, Florida. He retired from active Air Force duty with over 19 years of service and joined the Air Force Reserves, at Travis AFB California, where he again flew on the C5 planes as a Flight Engineer and Instructor. In total, he had completed over 22 years of service in the Air Force.

Wes loved his work which gave him the opportunity to travel the world! As Flight Engineer, Wes ensured the aircraft was mission ready from preflight to engine shutdown, procedures he taught to his many students. On his travels, Wes liked to explore the parts of the world that only locals usually get to see and enjoy. He shared his photos and videos with his family, friends, and his YouTube channel.

Wes was proceeded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, we well as his father Scott Sorenson. He is survived by his wife, TSgt Rachel Sorenson of Travis AFB California; his sister, Amanda (Adam) Tazelaar of Portland, Oregon; and his mother, Marlene Sorenson of Highland, Wisconsin.

A funeral with full military honors is planned for October 14, 2021 in Vacaville, California at the Vaca Hills Chapel and also online via Zoom. Because he had so many far-flung friends, a Celebration of Life will be held in Wisconsin, at a later date and location to be announced.

Donations can be made to the Stanford University COVID-19 Research Fund in Wesley Sorenson's name, in lieu of flowers or gifts. The website for this fund is: If this charity is conflicting for you, send flowers to your parents, small gifts to your siblings, hug your loved ones, or do something similar that makes you grateful to be alive. Also consider becoming an organ donor. Several of Wes's organs went on to save other lives.

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