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LDS philanthropist, inventor dies at 86

LDS entrepreneur and philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson died of cancer Jan. 20 at a Salt Lake City hospital.

Brother Sorenson, 86, rose from humble economic circumstances to become one of the world's premier medical innovators and businessmen. He held more than 40 medical patents and was a co-developer of the first real-time computerized heart monitor, according to the Deseret Morning News.

Brother Sorenson was also well-known for his charitable efforts. His philanthropic endeavors included the ongoing creation of a worldwide, correlated genetic and genealogical database used in ancestry research and sizable donations to a Washington, D.C., university for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Brother Sorenson's talent stretched beyond his business acumen. He was also a poet and composer of LDS-themed hymns.

A native of Rexburg, Idaho, and a returned missionary, Brother Sorenson is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly Taylor Sorenson, eight children, 47 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were scheduled for Jan. 25 in Salt Lake City.

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