Jerald Wilcock Orton died at home March 1, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 75.
He was born in Cedar City, Utah, May 31, 1941, to Carlton and Cathleen (Wilcock) Orton.
Mr. Orton joined the Navy shortly after high school and served on the USS Aludra and the USS Rehoboth. He retired after 30 years as a firefighter for GSA-8 Denver Federal Center, and 10 years at Roberts Tunnel for the Denver Water Department.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, stamp collecting, cooking, barbecuing, gardening, woodworking and collecting arrowheads.
Mr. Orton was a member of NARFE, the Parkinson's support group and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Mount Sneffels Ward.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jean Orton; daughter, Misti (Louie) DiMillio; grandchildren, Brayden and BreAnna; sister, Patricia (Larry) Edwards; brother, Michael Orton; and two stepchildren, Ginger (Scott) Morford and Norman Sigafus.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Orton; and his son, Jerry Orton.
Services were held March 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints south of Montrose.
Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, alcohol is suspected in an accident that killed a 16-year-old Delta boy and injured three others June 11. The accident occurred on Highway 65 just a short distance from the Highway 92 intersection at about 1:35 a.m.