ATV rollover in Juab kills the former 3-term Utah congressman
i am just seeing this now, and honestly i have never heard of him in my life,
but i am amazed that a guy with the same name as me did so many great things and
was such a good person. And after reading about it makes me feel
inspired and motivated to do good in life and make a difference. RIP
and my condolences to his family.
Uncle Bill is what we called him... we are his extended family from Maui,
Hawaii. A great man an inspiration for most and a family man none the less. He
helped my family through some hard times in the past. We will forever be
grateful. All our love and prayers to his family.
Bill Orton was one of several great Utah Democrats who inspired me to public
service. He was a credit to his State and his country.
I grew up with Bill in North Ogden. I went on my first date with him. He has
always been a man of kindness and integrity. I spoke with him when he was a
single Congressman and know how much he wanted a wife and children. I pray that
at this difficult time you can feel his love for each of you and for his
Bill was a great man from what i have heard about him. My sorrow goes out
towords his two boys Wes and Will. I can't imagine what you feel right now. Stay
strong and never forget how much your father loved you.
for the excellent, civil, and considerate comments. I'm not used to this on
desnews' comment board. I didn't know Bill at all, but after all I've read
tonight, I wish I had. It's truly unique to find and respect politicians, on
either side, who truly are "for the people" and eschew party line politics. That
we can all disagree on points is inevitable. But when we disagree upon ideas and
not republican versus democrat it is so very refreshing and invigorating. God
bless Bill for his legacy and life.
Bill Orton was a fine man, a dedicated public servant, husband and father. He
was easy to talk too, warm and friendly and he represented his views clearly and
directly. After serving the people of his district in congress he
was dedicated to serving his family's needs while still being involved in the
political causes he believed in. He will me missed by all, but no
more so than by his boys and dear wife. As Theodore Roosevelt would have said of
Bill, he was in the arena. It was not for the timid but the courageous. He did
not shrink away from the challenges of office or life. His sons have a great
example for them to follow.May God Bless Bill, now that he has
departed this earth and watch over his wife and two boys.
Bill was in my study group at law school. From those early days he was
self-assured and knew what he wanted out of life. He was studious, hard working
and a gentleman through and through. Bill had a wonderful laugh and understood
the balance between serious work and not taking oneself too seriously. Our
prayers and sympathy go out to his family. May he enter into the rest of the
Bill Orton always came across as a sincere and honest man. I thought him to be
a good man, and better than many who supposedly represent the people. He will
be miss greatly! I'm very sorry for his wife and boys...the thought of the loss
tears at the heart. Whom of all of us, can imagine the loss to the children!
Remember your father as a good man, and live to that goal!
I was sad to hear of Mr. Orton's passing. I attended BYU when he was in
Congress. As a politically active student, I campaigned against him, but I also
met him in 1996 when I worked in Washington as part of BYU's Washington Seminar.
He was a very nice man and certainly someone worthy of respect. I was
especially saddened because he was so young and left behind a young family. My
condolences to them.
So sad. This man was a class act, and a great representative. Rest in peace.
There were many things I did not agree with Bill Orton politically, but I always
had a great amount of respect for him and consider him to be a good man who
served Utah well.My heart goes out to his family at this difficult
I have to say I do find it remarkable how many people are maimed or killed by
To Liberty: I'm deeply saddened that you considered the FACTS about Bill
Orton's election and subsequent defeat an "attack on the dead." It was NOT in
any way an attack. It was a statement of FACT. Apparently, you don't have the
personal knowledge about the events that I do. Bill Orton was a good and decent
man, but the FACTS are the FACTS. I'm sorry if the truth offends you.
I have always really liked Bill Orton and felt he was a very genuine human
being. I am very sad and want to give my best wishes to his wife and family.
I was in Jr. High when Bill Orton was first elected. Orton's post-partisan
approach to politics has had a profound impact on my political views. He may
have been elected due to a fluke, but he was re-elected because of the integrity
and dedication with which he carried out his work. It's hard to find heroes
among politicians, but Bill Orton is one of mine. If we are ever fortunate
enough to have another candidate in the mold of Bill Orton, I hope Utahns will
have the wisdom to elect him/her.My deepest sympathy to the Orton
"Bill Orton equals Integrity!"To wife and sons, may you find peace
and reassurance during this difficult time.
I am saddened by the news of Bill's passing. He was a good man. But he also
was a great Priesthood instructor. You knew what he was teaching was a part of
his fabric and beliefs because he lived in a way that he emulated what he
taught. He also was very giving and caring. Though he was a busy person and
gone often out of state, he always had friends, acquaintances, and ward members
over to his house at Sundance and made you feel very welcome. And the Sundance
desserts that he knew the recipes for and would make were yummy too. My condolences to Jacquelyn and their children and family. My prayers will
definitely go out to you.
I'll never forget a call I made to Bill Orton's cousin, on behalf of Dixie
Thompson's campaign. I was working for a Utah County telemarketing company.
Upon answering the phone, I made my scripted speech, supporting
Dixie Thompson. The response was something totally supportive. The lady
informed me that although she was a registered Republican, she was voting for
Bill Orton, her cousin, to which I replied that I was, too. The lady asked me
what I was doing, working for Dixie Thompson. I replied that I wasn't working
for Dixie Thompson. I was working for extra money! She laughed and promised to
tell Bill, the next time she saw him, of our conversation. I so
hope she did. I was honored and priviledged to say that and cast my vote for
him then, and I'd do the same today, if we were so lucky as to have him running
for office, once again. God bless Bill Orton's family and friends.
He is a legend in Utah and I, for one, will never forget him and his
contributions to our lifestyle here.
I don't remember the "family man" ad. I do remember looking at his record and
voting for him. I also remember Cannon running against bill clinton and not
saying a word against Mr. Orton. I had been wondering where Bill Orton has been
since then; I have no doubt about where he is now.
I was shocked when I heard this news last night. I have held all public
representatives (wherever we have lived since) up to the standard he set when he
was our representative. None--I repeat very sadly, NONE--have measured up. He
was the first I can remember that would take the issues to the people, explain
the different sides, make sure they understood the results of each path, and
then say "how do you want me to vote on this?" and then he would represent our
wishes back in Congress. Truly amazing! He was a true representative of his
constituents, and full honor is due him for his integrity. He was a deeply
honest public servant, and one I felt could be trusted absolutely. Our state and
our nation see too few of his caliber. My heartfelt condolences to
his family and friends. We mourn with you, and our prayers are with you. To
Jennifer and sons: I am saying nothing here that I would not have told Bill
himself, and I did tell him much of this many years ago at a town meeting, where
I also thanked him for his service. God bless you all.
Bill Orton was my instructor for Business Law about year ago and he was a very
interesting knowledable Man. His political stance was not always in line with
mine but he had fantastic ideas on how to fix some of the poblems our country is
faced with during this economical crisis. My best wishes go out to his wife and
children. God bless
Anonymous 2:19 wrote:"He was not representative of the people in his
district and he was eventually defeated for that reason."You could
not be more wrong about Bill Orton or the history of the event. Please don't
attack the dead.
I believe the state of education in Utah would have been much healthier had you
won your last contest, Bill. Thank you for your service and for calling
attention to important issues.
Its all been said here. What a rare and wonderful example - a public servant of
courage, graciousness, and integrity.
Condolences to the entire Orton family in their loss. So sorry to hear about the
accident, and blessings in the days ahead as you take time to honor Bill's
I remember going to his rival's convention in UT and planning to vote for his
GOP rival. Then that ad came out, and I like thousands of others, voted for
Orten. Was there ever a more powerful ad that went the WRONG way???????? Thank
you Utahns despite being in a family friendly state for not discriminating
against a single person and judging that person's values. Thank you Orten for
voting per ones beliefs instead of tied to a political party.
To Dropping By: I just couldn't let this pass. You need to know that Karl Snow
was not responsible for the nasty ad that was run against Bill Orton. Two guys
who are known in this state for dirty politics were responsible for that ad.
Unfortunately, Karl Snow paid the price for it. Karl Snow is actually a very
good and decent man who has served the state for many years in many capacities.
I have nothing against Bill Orton. He was a decent guy. But, he
was elected on a weird fluke that was caused by a couple of dirty people who
were involved in the campaign and lack of unity in the Republican Party at that
time. He was not representative of the people in his district and he was
eventually defeated for that reason.My condolences go out to his
wife and children. It's a very sad day for them and certainly a shock. May God
I did not know Bill Orton - I never met him. But he had a great effect on me. I
grew up as a staunch Republican, and was one until I was about 20 years old, and
I didn't think very highly of Democrats. But Bill Orton's passion for his
causes, his willingness to buck the system and to cross party lines and his
sheer stubborness and idealism kept catching my attention, and I grew to respect
and admire him. Now, everyone who knows me now knows that I am a proud Democrat
and very passionate and idealistic. I crecit Bill Orton with playing a huge role
in planting that seed with his love of people and his sincerity, something that
cn be rare in any poltyical party or goverment office. He will be sorely missed.
Rest in peace, Representive Orton - but at the same time, if you find something
you disagree with up there, lobby against it.
I didn't know Bill Orton personally but I did have the honor of voting for him.
I'm so glad I did, as he represented Utah and my views beautifully and with
class. As a true statesman, which is so rare, he showed us an example of how to
interact in even the most contentious circumstances.My thoughts and
prayers are with the family of this special man.
Living in Eureka, near the Sand Dunes, it's always sad to hear of the accidents
there. It was extremely sad though to read today that it was Bill Orton
involved. My prayers go out to his family and also that the ideals he stood for
will someday be realized.
I just read about this shocking and heartbreaking news a few minutes ago. An
amazing man who I have a lot of respect for. My prayers go to his wife and
I can understand Karen Hale's tears. Not only was Bill her associate, but her
daughter and another collegue (Pete Suazo) were both killed in ATV accidents a
few years ago. This must be a terrible reminder of that pain. My
prayers go out to the Orton's and others who have suffered similar losses.
A great man. A Democrat in the best American tradition.This is a
Bill Orton was a man of complete integrity and honor. He won me over. Sincere
sympathies to his widow and children.
Bill Orton was the first representative I voted for on moving to Utah 20 years
ago. I am greatly saddened to hear of his passing, and I send condolences and
love to his wife and children and all his extended family. He will be missed.
Bill was one of only two people serving in the state who went out of their way
to support a family event for the 144th Evac (Utah National Guard) during Desert
Storm. He was compassionate and caring. In just that brief time we came to
respect him and love him. He will be missed.
What a tragedy and great loss to his family, friends and the State of Utah. I
too remember Bill Orton as a man with conviction, desire to serve and make
things better. He certainly did his best in all he set out to do.
I was sad to hear of Bill's passing. I think he went into politics for the
right reasons and was an effective member of congress. I knew Bill
professionally and I admired his public spirit. It does seem strange because I
was just thinking about him the other day and I'm very sorry to hear about this
accident. My heart goes out to his family.
I am sorry to hear of Bill Orton's passing, in such a tragic way. I wish the
best for his family during this time of loss and sorrow. He was a man I
respected back when he was in office.
The only personal encounter I had with Bill Orton was when he visited my high
school 17 years ago. I can't remember exactly what he said, but I remember
feeling impressed by his intelligence, integrity, and generosity, and grateful
that a man with so many obligations would make time to speak with us. He was an
exemplary leader and public servant, and he will be missed.My
deepest sympathies are with his family.
It was an absolute honor to work for Bill Orton in Congress. He took his duties
very seriously, yet didn't take Washington seriously at all. As his press
secretary, I had to write explanations for Bill's positions that didn't always
translate well inside Congress' echo chamber, but which aligned with his
obligation to his constituents. He knew what mattered. Additionally, in
co-founding the Blue Dog Democrats, Bill made his mark on congressional history.
I am proud to have been able to call Bill my cousin. I did not know him as a
polician but as the cousin that was a bit older then me and was willing to push
me on the swing at the family reunion. What his running mate may not have taken
into consideration is that Bill has a HUGE family. Maybe not one that he had
produced but none the less a family that stood right beside him all the way.
Thank you for your kind words about Bill. I know he made his parents proud and
there is a larg void in the family with his loss. I know the Lord will bless and
comfort his family. (HUG)
Bill was a true statesman. He will be missed.. RIP
Bill Orton was one of the finest men I ever knew in politics and a very good
friend. Camille and I are heartsick, just absolutely heartsick to hear the
news. Our prayers are with his wonderful wife and family.
I attended several caucuses sponsered by Congressman Orton in southern Utah and
his insightful and honest presentations were wonderful. One meeting
was at Snow College where he patiently and carefully answered question after
question from young and eager students who were not very careful in asking or
understanding his answers. He did not lose his cool, but kept finding another
way to explain the budget until they understood. He fianlly took loose change
out of his pocket and divided up the national budget for them using nickels,
dimes and quarters until they could grasp the concept of governmental financial
responsibilities and choices. He is a great teacher.
Utah lost a great man yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie and
her boys at this difficult time.
Amen.When was the last time we read a comments board that everyone
agreed on the issue being discussed? Rarely does it happen and this time it is
because he was such a rare man. Bill was a man of the people and he truly was a
Bill will certainly be missed. Deepest condolences to Jacquelyn and their sons.
I am shocked by this news. Bill Orton was a true man with integrity and honor.
He was a true democrat. He beleived in his agenda. He was proof that no matter
what side of the political isle you are on, you can be an uncompromising
Latter-day Saint. He was a man of action and not of flattery. My hope and prayer
is that more youth aspire to follow the legacy of this man and seek true
solutions to the people's needs in this nation. Bill Orton, may you rest in
peace. Until we meet again.
I moved from Utah 13 years ago and count myself a Republican. However, if there
were more public servants like Bill Orton in any political party I would join
it. I have always admired Democratic politicians in Utah like the late Gov.
Scott Matheson, Ted Wilson and Bill Orton who served their constituents and
conscience first and foremost. It is indeed a sad day for Utah. My
heartfelt condolences to his family for their great loss.
Condolences to his family and all who loved him. I respected him as a person
and as a politician. Such a loss.
Thank you Bill Orton for a life well-lived. You helped take away the "party"
glasses we all wear.
I wish there were more men like him. If there were more like him here, this
would be a better place. If there were more like him in Washington D.C., this
would be a different and much better world.
He was not a politician, he was an elected representative. He set a standard
that few in political office will ever understand. Condolences to
his friends and family.
I voted for this guy in 2000. I have never seen any one that was so willing to
cross the party line for what he saw as right. If the Democratic Party (not to
mention the Republicans) in Utah would take a page from Bill's book, they'd own
the state again. This guy was total class.
Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Bill Orton. He was a great person and
did much for the state of Utah.
I voted for Bro. Orton during his first run for Congress, even though I am a
conservative Republican. I had seen the shocking, odious ad run by his
Republican opponent who was all but assured of winning (polls were at something
like 80-20 just days before the election -- Orton had NO CHANCE).But
even though I was absolutely certain that I was throwing my vote away, I waited
in line and voted for Orton, because I was so disgusted by the smug,
holier-than-thou campaign tactic of a BYU professor (and administrator) who
should have known much, much better than to do anything like that. I was just
about to graduate from BYU Law School, and I had loved my time there and my
professors, but that Republican congressional candidate crossed. the. line.
Words can't describe how excited I was the next morning to learn that tens of
thousands of others had clearly felt the same way and had repudiated such an
ugly display.It's rare in life when arrogance and elitism are so
roundly beaten back so easily. RIP, Bro. Orton.
What a shock. I can't believe it. Life is fragile.
Having known Bill since we were kids, this news is sad indeed. He was a good
young man who used his skills to become an accomplished professional and civil
servant. We moved to California well before Bill was elected to Congress, but I
followed his career with interest. Our hearts go out to his family, his wife
and sons, and his many friends and former constituents who will surely miss him.
This is a sad day.
Bill Orton was the first Congressman I ever voted for when I turned 18, and the
first campaign I ever volunteered on. His example made me want to be engaged in
politics even when the average teen was certainly apathetic about politics, and
helped inspire me to a life of public service.My best memory of him
was during the 1994 impasse over the budget when they shut the gov't down, Bill
and another moderate Rep. Congressman proposed an alternate budget that met all
of the criteria that both the Dems and GOP had set for what they wanted. No one
paid attention, as partisanship won out over progress and reason.The
world was a better place for him being here, and is a worse place without him.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this impossible time.
Tuffy wrote: That a Democrat could be elected by one of the most Republican
districts in the nation speaks volumes about his integrity and commitment to his
constituents. If Clinton had not blindsided him and hung him out to dry with the
Grand Staircase debacle, it's likely that this good man would have represented
us for several additional terms....Exactly.Bill was one
of the "Good Guys." I will miss him. Utah will miss him. My heart goes out to
his lovely wife and wonderful sons. You will be in our prayers.
Bill Orton was a politician for the people not the party. Hence so many of us
republicans voted for him. He still has the photo in his office of him kissing
our newborn along the July Fourth Parade route. He was a single man seeking
office in Utah County! He later worked with our young daughter as a poster
child for the March of Dimes. He will be missed. Condolences and peace to the
I once had a chance to interview Bill Orton when he was running for the congress
the first time. I was a rookie newspaper reporter and he was kind and patient in
my stumbling and took time to answer my very simple and basic questions. It was
an honor to have known him.
Congressman Orton represented and served Utah well. That a Democrat could be
elected by one of the most Republican districts in the nation speaks volumes
about his integrity and commitment to his constituents. If Clinton had not
blindsided him and hung him out to dry with the Grand Staircase debacle, it's
likely that this good man would have represented us for several additional
terms.May God bless his family in this difficult time.
A man of wisdom and integrity, Bill Orton was one of the greatest congressmen in
our state. We need more leaders like him. As we remember his life, may we be
inspired to seek out and elect leaders with such integrity in the future. Our
sympathy goes out to his family.
My heart goes out to the Orton family. Bill Orton was a great representative of
Utah. I always admired his willingness to vote for what was right and fit the
needs of Utah, even if it wasn't within party lines. My thoughts and prayers are
with his family.
I met Bill Orton on two occasions. Both times he took time out of his schedule,
once when he was already running incredibly late, to meet with groups of high
school kids. I've had politicians in my class who did nothing but jockey for
position on issues and try to spin issues. Bill Orton was not like that. He was
a kind hearted/do what's best for people human being. He served genuinely with
honor and integrity. It was a sad day for Utah when he was defeated, but it is a
far sadder day today.
What a gentleman, what a wonderful individual. I'm so sad for his family. I'm
very grateful for his contributions to our state and nation.
Bill Orton was a great statesman who served Utah well. I was shocked and very
sad to learn of his untimely passing. His family will all be in our prayers.
I'm so sorry for the Orton family. Life is so fragile. Bill worked hard to be
selfless, ethical, and just as a politician and as a public servant. So sorry.
Bill was a great man and probably one of the greatest congressmen Utah has had
in a long time. He truly votes his conscience. Something I doubt many
representatives have today.
I loved Bill Orton when he represented Utah. I was one of those Republicans who
first voted him in. My condolences and prayers are with his family. God Bless.
I remember Bill Orton as a man of integrity and as an assett to Utah. My
condolances go out to his family in this their time of need. He was a strong
man, with strong convictions. My only regret is that he didn't defeat Leavitt
A great Utahan and an even greater man. He represented what was best about our
state. My condolences to the family.
My condolances go to Bill Orton family in their time of loss. He was a great a
great man and will be missed.
A terrible loss for Utah. Thoughts and prayers with his family...Jacquelyn, we
are here for you.