Veteran-IntroMartin Ray Sorenson, 72, of Jackson, Mo, peacefully passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at his residence surrounded by members of his family.

He was born November 2, 1943, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, son of Harvey John and Barbara Helen Ness Sorenson.

Martin was a United States Air Force veteran, honorably discharged as Captain in 1971 after serving four years.

Martin was a graduate of S.R. Butler High School in Huntsville, Alabama and a graduate of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  He received a Master’s Degree from St. Louis University.  He was the CFO of Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Festus, Mo for 20 years and a former active member of HFMA, serving as past president.  After retirement, he enjoyed working part-time at Primo Vino in Cape Girardeau.  He loved Auburn football and was a lifelong, avid fan of Cardinal baseball.

Loving survivors include two daughters, Alison (Greg) Staggs of Jackson, Kristi (Dan) Lanford of Mobile, Alabama; a son, John Martin Sorenson of Madison, Alabama; two sisters, Margaret (Alan) Payne of Pulaski, Tennessee and Mary Welch of Goodsprings, Tennessee; and a former wife, Margaret Sorenson of Fairhope, Alabama.

Also surviving are six grandchildren, Matthew and Gabriel Staggs of Jackson and Caleb, Ellen, Benjamin, and Lydia Lanford all of Mobile.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 5-7 PM at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Memorial service will be Saturday, July 2, 2016, at 7 PM, at the funeral home, with the Pastor Jeff Moran officiating.

Inurnment will occur at a later date in the Nashville National Cemetery in Nashville, TN.

At Martin’s fervent request, in lieu of flowers, please give memorials to the Martin R. Sorenson Memorial Trust Fund c/o Montgomery Bank, P.O. Box 710, Jackson, Mo, 63755 or to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Don Stone

    Marty was one of my very best friends for well over 30 years. I knew he was always in my corner, his loyalty never wavered. His thoughtfulness and caring for his friends was legendary. A number of us worked for Marty at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Festus, MO and we became not only friends, but family. It is my fervent hope that he is at this moment drinking a beer with Linda and Glen and laughing hysterically at old stories of Winter Workshops from the past. Rest in peace my brother. It should also be noted that Marty was a Vietnam veteran of the Air Force and served our country well and faithfully.

  2. Kara Martyn

    I am So sorry for your loss. I send my deepest sympathy, your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kara martyn
    Urology associates
    Dr. Ogles medical assistant

  3. Lisa Haug

    Marty played many roles in my life over the past 20 years. He was my friend, mentor, big brother, dance partner, drinking buddy, protector, and confidant. He was always there to join in the fun, lend a sympathetic ear, give some needed advice, and to simply be that friendly voice when I needed it. He had a way of brightening my day whenever I heard from him, or saw him. He had a smile that lit up every room, and a laugh that filled the air as only Marty could. Marty truly loved his friends and made sure we were all aware of that. I will always cherish my time with Marty and the wonderful memories of having him in my life. My husband, Jerry, and I will miss him very much. We were Blessed to have had him in our lives, and now he will be forever in our hearts. Such a loss for so many people who knew and loved Marty. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is now grieving over this huge loss.

    I am so glad I was there at the Memorial to hear Don Stone, Kevin Williams, Bill Colletta and Allison talk about their memories and feeling for Marty. It was such a moving and great tribute to such a great man.

  4. Venable Houts

    I first met Marty during the 1980’s when he was President of the St. Louis Chapter of HFMA and I was regional CLR. We became friends immediately as Marty did with everyone. Our relationship changed in 1993 when I became the audit Partner for Jefferson Memorial Hospital He was the ultimate professional CFO and mentored many at Jefferson and with HFMA . He was a gentleman and loyal friend. My prayers are with his family as they adjust to their loss. What a GREAT GUY!!

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