Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Harold W. Orton, passed away at age 90 on Sept. 12, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 31, 1924 in North Ogden to Joseph A. and Myrtle P. Wilson Orton. He married Fern Adams in November of 1942. Fern died in 1955. He married Marco Stokes in 1969.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a tank commander in the 16th Armed Division under General Patton. He retired from Hill Air Force Base as the Director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation where he was instrumental in the development of the golf course, recreation center, rodeo arena, FAMCAMP, Hobby Shop, Bowling Alley, Library, gymnasium, swimming pool, child care center, theater, youth center little league and regular ballparks, Hillhaus at Snow Basin and Carter Creek in the Uintahs. One of his favorite hobbies was doing leatherwork. He enjoyed hunting, fishing (especially at Greys River Wy.), snowmobiling, camping, working in his garden and going to the cabin he built in the Uintahs, but most of all he loved his family and supported them in all of their activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, two brothers and one son Hal. He is survived by his wife, Marco; seven children, Carol (Bruce) Tonks, Joan (Nolan) Wynn, Jean (Charles) Lezala, Lynn (Bryan)Boyce, Debbie (Ted) Wardell, Jeff Orton, Joe (Lori) Orton and sister, JoAnn Sorensen, 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Milton Ward Chapel, 1255 N. Morgan Valley Drive, Milton. Visitation will be Thursday, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.