• Memorial Service

    Jan 22, 2021, 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Memorial Created By
Partners Personnel

Steve Sorensen

April 06, 1960 - January 17, 2021

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Steve Sorensen. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

D. Stephen (Steve) Sorensen, much-adored husband, father, and grandfather died at his home in Santa Barbara, California, on January 17, 2021. Steve was a man of action and lived a big life. His wife, Shannon, says, “He felt like he could do anything, and he actually did a lot of it!” He brought sunshine into every interaction, with a native optimism and seemingly boundless energy. His world revolved around Shannon, their eight...  see more
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  • Elad Epstein
    Words can not express the deep sadness I felt about the passing of Steve. We met 12 years ago when he was leading Select and we have been working together since. Steve was such a dynamic and charismatic person. He was a brilliant, kind and generous...  more
  • Courtney Bishop
    Steve was such a good friend. It's so hard for me to think of just one memory to share because there were so many. I loved his direct approach and the way he could put you at ease. He made everyone feel special. He listened and he remembered. He was...  more
  • June Rowlett
    So many thoughts, memories of Steve. I will miss him dearly.
    Shannon & family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless
    June Rowlett
  • Benjamin Hansen
    I had the chance to know Steve while I lived in Santa Barbara for graduate school. I loved playing ultimate with him and his kids on Saturday morning. I love seeing his competitive and encouraging nature. He generously let Byron defeat me on his...  more
  • Christian Moro
    Steve’s name has been on my paycheck for the past 11 years but I will carry the imprimatur of his good character and approach to life and business with me well into the future. I got to know Steve through the lens of the legal work I did for him. He...  more
  • Terry Maxwell
    I feel great sorrow with the loss of Steve. Mostly for you, his family and the loss you must feel.
    I state with gratitude to have had the opportunity to know him and work with him. Just like so many others, his spirit lives on with me.
    I always felt that...  more
  • Maria Tinoco
    I was not as lucky as everyone else to have met Steve for a long time. I came from Nexem and been with Partners for one year. The only thing I knew was that if so many people followed Steve from Select to Partners, then he was worth following. After...  more
  • Cecilia La Tour
    Legend, Titan, Leader, Visionary, Maverick, Generous, No one like him....all words to describe Steve, and they are all absolutely true. But what I loved most about Steve was that he had an easy laugh, he was outrageous and self deprecating,
    and at his...  more
  • Adam Breslawsky
    I am devastated by the passing of Steve. We worked closely together for nearly 12 years during his leadership tenures at Select, Butler and Partners Personnel. Steve was quite simply the most talented and devoted entrepreneur I've ever met. He took a...  more
  • Adam Hall
    Steve and his Shannon took my family in when we didn't have housing for 2 weeks. I enjoyed that time greatly around him and his family and am forever grateful for his generosity and kindness in my time of need. Great men like Steve bless the lives of...  more
  • Jeff Gowman
    In the 25 years I have spent in the staffing industry I have never met a more inspirational leader than Steve. His presence on stage and ability to motivate his employees were unmatched. You touched so many with your life lessons and ability to treat...  more
  • Veda Mann
  • RJ Jazo
    I had the honor of working directly for Steve the last few years. He was fearless. He saw opportunity where others saw problems. He was principled, intuitive, with deep integrity, and was always willing to believe in the best of others. Easily my fondest...  more
  • Weldon Dodd
    Steve was our home teacher right when we had our second baby. He was faithful in coming to visit us and share a message that was meant to uplift. I still remember him sitting on the couch in our little place on Peach Grove and sharing his thoughts about...  more
  • Patty Rico
    Steve you will always be one of my biggest inspiration! 15 years of following your guidance will never be forgotten. I will always remember your motivational calls always starting with "Patty Rico from Puerto Rico" The next marathon I run...  more
  • Dave Basham
    Life would've looked completely different for me if it wasn't for Steve offering me a job 20 years ago. I didn't have any skillset. He took a chance on me, and that's turned into a career. With a steady income, I was then able to move out of the folks'...  more
  • Katherine Sarinas
    I remember my first conference at Select Staffing and I watched in awe as people were given recognition for their sales achievements and I asked my then manager Gloria Orozco what I needed to do to "make it". During one of the breakout sessions, I went...  more
  • Julie Danley
    Where do I even begin? I worked for Steve for 13 years, the last 7 of which we worked together on a day-to-day basis. Steve was my boss, my mentor, my friend and my cheerleader. He gave me the professional opportunity of a lifetime by challenging me...  more
  • Marko Gortinski
    Forever changed my life and helped me along this last decade too many times to count. I'll do everything I can to keep his values going through the rest of my time.
  • Debby  Munoz
    We will miss your inspirational, passionate and encouraging guidance. Your personal stories resonated with all of us and are imprinted in our hearts and minds forever. We will continue to strive for success because you gave us the tools to do so. We will...  more
  • David Carwitz
    I met Steve about 15 yrs ago. I was introduced to him by one of my very close friends and long time Select/Decca employee, Jim Cleary. Jim loved Steve and unfortunately I/we lost Jim in 2020 to cancer. Steve spoke at his funeral. Steve and Jim in the...  more
  • Brad Pearce
    I have experienced for myself Steve's goodness, his quietly and behind-the-scenes reaching down and lifting people up, and his gift for making those around him better. He is one of those rare, larger-than-life figures that wants the best for...  more
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