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.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.