Obituary of Richard Orton (1956 – 2021) – Lakewood, CO

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Richard “Rick” Clayton Orton went to his eternal home in Heaven on December 25, 2021. Rick was born in Silver Creek, New York on August 8, 1956. He moved with his family to Boulder, Colorado in 1968. Rick moved on. enlisted in the United States Army in January 1975 and served his country honorably during the Vietnam era until January 1978.
Rick was an avid and accomplished outdoor enthusiast, loved almost anything that had wheels, even as a child, and was always very adventurous. He enjoyed motocross and road racing as well as many years of skiing, mountain biking, fishing and camping with his boys, family and friends.
Rick married his wife Debbie in 1991 and together they have enjoyed 30 years of camping, mountain adventures, 4 wheelers, and numerous tours of national parks across the country. Most of their years together were spent in Colorado, with the exception of four years in Alaska from 1994 to 1998.
Rick was never the type to back down from a challenge, he looked for them. One of his most memorable feats was to conquer the difficult “Colorado Triple Bypass” – a 120 mile ATV ride over 3 mountain passes rising to over 10,000 feet. He also built an AC Shelby Cobra sports car and went on to compete in autocross races.
Rick has had a long and accomplished management career in the automotive industry and over the years has been recognized as a mentor to many employees. After retiring in 2011, he courageously began training in Taekwondo. He received a second degree black belt in 2019 and has found it gratifying to teach young children. Retirement also allowed him to take a few three-week motorcycle trips with a friend to Alaska and Nova Scotia.
Rick cherished his family and friends. He was a brave and courageous man despite his illness.
He was dedicated and passionate about his faith. He was active in the Church and served in the ministry with humility and devotion. His service was a living example of 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved one, a worker who need not be ashamed, properly handling the word of truth. “. Rick fought well, finished the race and kept the faith every step of the way.
Rick is survived by his wife, Debra Burton Orton; is predeceased by their child, Taylor who was born asleep on 08/31/1993; in mourning her children, Alexander (Brittany) and Jonathan Orton; his parents Richard and Donna Orton; his siblings, Timothy Orton, Chris Orton and Rebecca Orton; his grandchildren, Amaya, Gwendelyn, Conlan, David, Matthew and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Applewood Baptist Church, 11200 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Interment will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver, Colorado. If desired, memorial donations can be made to Applewood Baptist Church, www.applewoodbaptist.com or to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation www.t2t.org

Posted by Aspen Mortuary – Arvada on December 29, 2021.


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