Thorbjorn Timothy Thorsen was born May 30, 1991 in Hailey, Idaho, to loving parents, Thor L. Thorsen and Julie Timothy Thorsen, and he peacefully completed his earthly journey on Jan. 20, 2007.
Bjorn loved life and everyone in his life, but he especially adored his sister, Keleana, who was his mentor, protector and best friend. He was always at her side as she inspired him in his love of skiing, music and friends.
After racing with the Park City Farm Team and Ski Team for six years and competing in Nordic jumping, this year Bjorn was enjoying improving his freestyle skills with the Axis Free Ride Team purely because he loved to ski. He was also helping children learn to ski through the Deer Valley Peer Instructors Program. The kids loved Bjorn as an instructor, but especially as Deer Valley’s mascot, Quincy the Bear, doing pirouettes down the slopes in his ski boots.
Bjorn was proud of his Norwegian heritage and enjoyed every aspect of living in the mountains — mountain biking, camping with his cousins, cross-country skiing, long boarding, skateboarding, skiing with family and friends, and hiking in the mountains with his three beloved dogs. Bjorn also showed his athletic ability with the Park City Extreme Soccer Club. Musically gifted, Bjorn loved to perform with his viola or play his guitar, to bring a smile to all who heard him.
Bjorn was a true friend — understanding and non-judgmental. He liked to be with his friends where he could laugh, share his sense of humor, adventure and enjoyment of life. He had a large family circle who loved him as much as he loved them, including his parents, his sister, his grandparents, Tobey and Nancy Thorsen, Jean Thorsen, Jerry and Loraine Timothy, and Ann Timothy; his step-mom, Renee Godin, and his many aunts, uncles and cousins who cared for him.
Bjorn was always himself, no matter which group he was with — fun, outgoing, honest and kind. His nature was to be happy, and he wanted others to be happy, so he did everything he could to accomplish this. Bjorn was a peacemaker, always putting others before himself, always seeing the good in others and trying to emulate that goodness.
Bjorn will live on in the lives of those who knew and loved him, and also through his life-giving donations to those he never met. Most of us take a life-time to "get it right." Bjorn did it in 15 years.
Thursday, Jan. 25, there will be a community viewing from 6-8 p.m. at Mountain Life Church, 7375 N. Silver Creek Rd., Park City (from Park City, take U.S. 40, exit 1. From Salt Lake City, take I-80 to exit 146; head north onto Silver Creek Road. For detailed directions, call 647-5855).
On Friday, Jan. 26, there will be a friendship gathering at Mountain Life Church from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to visit, connect with friends, enjoy refreshments, create a memory board (bring a photo of Bjorn), see a slideshow, say goodbye, bring comfort to Bjorn’s family and feel his love. Then, at 5:30 p.m. we will move into an informal service to celebrate Bjorn’s life, including an opportunity to share special memories of Bjorn and how he touched everyone’s life.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make donations to the Bjorn Thorsen Donation Account, through Zion’s Bank, 1100 Snow Creek Dr., Park City, Utah 84060, (801) 524-4855.
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