James Ulysses Lorenzen was born on September 22, 1929 in Le Mars, Iowa. He was the son of Carl and Ethel (Shelton) Lorenzen. James graduated from Le Mars Community High School, Westmar College and received his master's degree from the University of South Dakota.
James taught and coached in Janesville, Iowa, West Union, and for 32 years at Le Mars Community Schools where he served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and guidance counselor.
On May 25, 1952, James and Marjorie Passer were united in marriage in Wells, Minn.
James served in the United States Air Force. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Le Mars.
In 1986, James was selected Iowa Athletic Director of the Year. In 1994, James was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marjorie of Le Mars; daughters, Debra Acord, of Woodland Park, Colo., Becky and Tim Bedard, of Waterloo; sons, David and Cheryl Lorenzen, of Waukee, and Toby and Jill Lorenzen of Rock Rapids; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ethel Lorenzen; brother, Webb Lorenzen; sister-in-law, Mary Lorenzen; father and mother in-law, Art and Helen Passer; great-grandchildren Christian and Rylee Fillinger; and son in-law, Mark Acord.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church on Saturday prior to the service.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim's grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the United Methodist Church of Le Mars or Hospice of Siouxland.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.