NORTH OGDEN -- After Bud Sorensen retired from Hill Air Force Base more than 25 years ago, he needed a hobby.
His wife, Clara, was still working and he didn't want to let his life pass him by.
So he took up jewelry making and studying gems and minerals.
Little did he know how much his hobby would benefit the lives of others.
Now 25 years later, a familiar face at North Ogden's senior center, he has decided to retire a second time.
Bud still remembers when he got the phone call from the senior center director.
"She told me they were starting a class in lapidary and silversmithing, so I volunteered and just stayed," Bud said at a party held in he and his wife's honor Monday afternoon at the Northview Senior Center.
"I can go down in my shop and spend all day," Bud said about the hobby he has grown to love.
"I've got so much stuff I can't hardly get around down there," he said as his wife Clara shook her head.
He has been teaching the jewelry-making and lapidary classes at the senior center twice a week, but also spends time working from his home and traveling to gem and mineral shows on the weekends. He doesn't travel as much now, but still enjoys the jewelry making.
Bud's belt buckles are on display outside the lapidary room at the senior center -- the room he helped design when the new senior center opened about five years ago.
"He did so much for them that they came to him and asked him to design the room just the way he wanted it," Clara said with pride.
Senior center member Chris Griffith said both Bud and Clara have contributed a lot to the senior center. Clara has been retired from nursing for 22 years. The senior center director at the time, Ramona Barker, approached Clara to come help out at the center as well.
Since then she has taken blood pressure for seniors at the center twice a week. She also offered advice if those pressures came back too high or too low.
"I would tell them if they needed to see a doctor. Just things like that," Clara said.
Clara is humble about her service or about any recognition at all.
"We just did it because we liked it here and made so many good friends. It's not a big deal, really," she said as she shrugged her shoulders.
But for many of their senior friends, it has been a big deal.
"They are good people. They have been here for over 20 years and never taken a penny," Austin McHugh said. "Most people get a fee, but they let the money accrue to help buy equipment," McHugh said.
McHugh pointed out the jewelry and belt buckles Bud has made, which are on display in the lapidary room along with some of the jewelry Clara brought to show and share at the party.
"He just has a good attitude and it's what has kept him alive," McHugh said.
"And this lady is something else too," he said as he put his arm around Clara.
Griffith said Bud used his connections with the gem and mineral show people to get supplies donated to the senior center during his 25 years teaching the class. When those supplies and machines broke down, he and other helpers at the center fixed them at no charge.
"They would all just do anything for you," Griffith said of the many volunteers with the lapidary department, including Bud.
The couple needs to take another retirement to take care of some health issues. But they don't plan to stay away from the senior center entirely.
Senior Center Director Zella Richards hopes not. She feels their service has been invaluable to the center and said her gratitude to the Sorensens is immeasurable.
"They do so much for us, I hope they know we love them," she said.