Terry Allen Sorom
Terry Allen Sorom was born in Lanesboro, MN, on January 9, 1940. A year later, Suzanne Adele Johnson was born on February 13, 1941. Terry’s parents, Elvira and Martin Sorom, and Suzanne’s parents, Ruth and Stanley Johnson, were friends and involved in many community activities in this rural, mostly Norwegian immigrant town. Both families were members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and the story goes that Terry discovered the “Johnson girl” the night she gave devotions at the Luther League meeting. He was 15 years old.
So, Terry’s story is Suzanne’s story, until his death July 6, 2019, of pancreatic cancer.
Terry graduated from Luther College, Decorah, IA, in 1962, and attended the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1962-1966. Suzanne attended Northwestern University and graduated in June of 1963, and one week later, on June 22, 1963, married Terry. A son, Martin, was born in the final year of medical school and this little family then headed west for a year of internship at the Oregon Health Sciences Hospital in Portland, OR.
After completing his internship, Terry enlisted with the U.S. Air Force, because all young doctors were being recruited for the Vietnam War. Fortunately, Terry was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Base in the Panama Canal Zone. The family lived in Panama City and Terry was able to visit most major cities in Central and South America during his tour of duty. In 1969, a son, Jeb, was born, and this family of four returned to Portland, OR, for Terry to train as an ophthalmic surgeon. Loving life near the mountains, Terry joined the Eye and Ear Clinic of Wenatchee, WA, in March of 1973. The family was now six strong, with twin sons, Abraham and Theodore, joining the family August of 1972.
Terry was a Renaissance man with many talents and a unique sense of humor. Married 56 years to Suzanne, they were dedicated to each other and raising their four sons. He loved his career as an eye doctor and making his patients see the world more clearly.
Terry enjoyed leadership and participation in many community organizations such as the Chelan Douglas Land Trust, The Community Foundation of North Central Washington, Rotary International, Boy Scouts, Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, and others. He was President of the Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, 1996-97, and of the Oregon Ophthalmological Alumni Association, 1987-88.
He was appreciative of receiving The Good Scout Award 2002, Spirit of A.Z Wells 2007, Luther College Distinguished Service Award 2012, and Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Friend of the College 2019. Terry also had a gift of making people laugh and was often asked to be the Master of Ceremonies for events. Travel was an important part of his and Suzanne’s life and his sons learned from them that “Travel is the Great Educator”. He was a talented photographer and wood worker. He enjoyed hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, birding, wearing bow ties, drinking his son’s beers, and eating Suzanne’s food, “the best restaurant in Wenatchee”.
Choosing Wenatchee to raise the Sorom family was the right choice, as three of four sons chose to work and raise their children in this beautiful valley. Ted and family live in San Rafael, CA, happily in the same time zone and a reasonable plane ride to share family time.
Terry will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Elvira Sorom; son, Martin; brother, Richard Sorom; and brother-in-law; Jim Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; and sons: Jeb, wife, Galen, and sons, Lars and Boden, Abraham, wife, Denise, and children, Theron, Haakon, and Anna, and Theodore, wife, Heather, and daughter, Hannah; and daughter-in-law, Jenny Sorom, and children, Jenna Sue and Preston. He is also survived by a brother, Jim; sister, Mary Ann Kirkwood; and important members of the Sorom and Johnson families, as well as Norwegian families, the Evensens and Jordes.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington St., Wenatchee, WA, the afternoon of Saturday, September 14, 2019. Donations in his name can be made to the Sorom Family Fund at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, 9 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA, 98801. Donations will support a number of local charities that were important to Terry. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements by Jones & Jones–Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee, WA.