Former Utah congressman, Bill Orton was killed Saturday in an ATV accident at Little Sahara Recreation Area. He was 60 years old and is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn and his two sons, Will and Wes. Read more see photos and video.


Bill Orton

Bill Orton died almost instantly when his ATV flipped over Saturday on a sand dune at Little Sahara Recreation Area in Utah; Sheriff Alden Orme told the AP that Bill Orton was riding alone when his ATV crested a sand dune and flipped over on top of him.

Bill Orton was a democrat who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 1997. He also ran an unsuccessful campaign for Governor of Utah in 2000. Authorities say that Orton was wearing a helmet when he crashed; he was among several other ATV riders who were involved in crashes or collisions on Saturday at the popular park.

Utah Governor Michael Levitt, who defeated Bill Orton in 2000 said:

“Outside the glare of politics I had occasions to observe him as a missionary, father, husband and lawyer. He did them all in a noble and gentlemanly way,” said Leavitt.

Despite being a democrat in a very heavily republican district, Bill Orton’s constituents thought so much of him that they elected him to congress on three occasions; even when the republicans swept into power in 1994, Bill Orton won his district by nearly 20 points. Orton’s friends and colleagues said that he was a tireless public servant who still had much to give to the community.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said :

“My thoughts and prayers are with Jacquelyn and the Orton children at this difficult time,” “He was a dedicated public servant who worked to serve his constituents to the very best of his ability. He loved his family greatly and he also loved our wonderful state. He will be missed by many for his knowledge and experience, including me,” Hatch said.

We here at Right Pundits send our condolences to the Orton family in their time of grief; once again, former congressman Bill Orton dead at the age of 60 due to an ATV accident.

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