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Clarence "Bud" Sorvaag

September 20, 1916 May 8, 2010
Clarence "Bud" Sorvaag
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Obituary for Clarence “Bud” Sorvaag Oregon State University Beavers football has lost one of their most loyal fans. Clarence “Bud” Sorvaag, 93, passed away peacefully on May 8 in Brookings, Oregon at the Macklyn House where he has resided since March of 2008. Bud was born on September 20, 1916 in Portland, Oregon the son of Matt, a commercial fisherman and Eva, emigrants from Norway and Finland. He was very proud of his Scandinavian heritage and attributed his long and healthy life to time spent in his Finnish sauna and eating fish that he caught from his boat that he moored for many seasons in the Brookings harbor. Bud attended grammar and high schools in Portland and graduated from Oregon State University in 1939 with a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering, where he had memberships in two honor societies – Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. While working for Montana State University, Bozeman in the early 1960s, he was awarded a membership in Sigma Xi for his work in research for the engineering department. He also earned a MBA - Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 1972. Bud met his future bride, Dorothy ,“ Kim”, while they were both working at the radiation laboratory at MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944. They were married in Oakland, California in 1945. Bud and Kim moved to Brookings in 1972. They left Los Altos, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked in electrical engineering for several large companies including Sylvania and Lockheed. His second career in Brookings was in real estate and appraisal services during which he owned his own business, Brookings / Harbor Realty which kept him very busy and fulfilled until his retirement later in the 1990s. He would often reflect to his family how great it was to be his own boss. Bud was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years. Kim passed away on October 19, 2008 in Brookings. He is survived by daughter, Amy Lindman of Malaga, Washington and sons, Chris Sorvaag of Oregon and Robert Sorvaag of Idaho. He was an elder at the Brookings First Baptist Community Church. He enjoyed fellowship in weekly Bible study groups. His lifelong hobbies included being a HAM radio operator since his teen aged years; hunting ducks and geese over rice fields near Willows, California while living in the Bay Area; fishing for salmon in the ocean off Brookings and hunting mule deer in the Steens Mountains of eastern Oregon. A private internment was held at Ward Memorial Cemetery in Brookings Memorials may be made to the Curry County Hospice.
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