Dorothy Sorensen Van Valkenburg

Dorothy Sorensen VanValkenburg, age 97, our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2020. Dorothy was born January 26, 1923, in Taylorsville, Utah, to Roscoe and Ruby Freeman Sorensen. She was one of 6 children.

She married Orin Carlisle VanValkenburg in 1946, and they were sealed in the LDS temple in 1960. They raised their 5 children in Sandy, Utah. When they retired they moved to Toquerville, Utah, where they spent the remainder of their lives. There they had a large farm where their grandkids all loved to visit. During World War II, Dorothy proudly served her country as a WASP, flying airplanes from Texas to wherever they were needed. She also flew targets for the fighter pilots to practice shooting.

Dorothy loved being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. From 1979 -1980, Dorothy and Orin served a mission to the Philippines, where they enjoyed meeting and working with the members there.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Judy (Dennis) Curtis of Toquerville, UT; Peter (Rachel) VanValkenburg of St. George, UT; Dan VanValkenburg of Hurricane, UT; O.C. (Brenda) VanValkenburg of St. George, Utah; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, 5 siblings, her daughter (Janet VanValkenburg Stroud), and granddaughter (Heidi Stroud).

Dorothy dearly loved her kids and extended family…they meant the world to her. She was an extremely selfless person…always giving to others, and putting their needs above her own. She was loved by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed.

Graveside services and internment will take place at 11:00 am on March 26th, at the Toquerville, Utah cemetery.

Dorothy’s family would like to thank the nurses, and other healthcare staff at the Coral Canyon Beehive Home who took such good care of her during her last years.

Arrangements are under the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. You are welcome to sign her online guestbook at