One of the "tall timbers" of Marshall County fell this past week. On Friday, December 28, we both received word that former State Senator and Marshall County Supervisor, John Soorholtz, died. When we notified people who had served with him in the Iowa General Assembly, the common response was, "he was one of a kind."
John E. Soorholtz was one of a kind.
During his time in the Iowa Senate, he was known as a maverick, who thought for himself and acted in a manner that he felt was best for the people of his district. He had a great ability to size up a situation and put his views forth in a manner that everyone understood what he meant.
Some of our cherished comments include, "That's when you feel like you have alienated (he used two different words) your last friend." Once he was talking to a group of constituents when he was called to the Governor's office and he continued talking to his constituents: "I can get chewed out by the Governor any day of the week, but I rarely get to see you." He also told us, "Vote your district and you'll do fine."
We will always remember his response to the September 11, 2001 attack on America: "Our world will never be the same."
So we say goodbye to a friend of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, those politically minded and those who weren't. He was a farmer, one who loved the land, a good neighbor, a caring husband, a devoted father, a wit and a servant of the people. We will miss you, John Soorholtz and we are honored to have served with you and after you.
Co-authored by Sen. Steve Sodders, D- State Center, and Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown.