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Keith Levi Orton

May 24, 1933 — April 8, 2024

Panguitch, Utah

Keith Orton
Panguitch, Utah
    In the heart of Panguitch, surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes that sculpted his resilient spirit, Keith Levi Orton, affectionately known as “West,” ascended to his heavenly home on April 8, 2024, at the age of 90. Born May 24, 1933 in his grandmother’s home near the iconic red rocks of Bryce Canyon, Keith’s life was a testament to strength and perseverance. 
    From his early days attending elementary school in Panguitch and fishing at Panguitch Lake, Keith’s journey took him to the vibrant, bustling streets of Los Angeles, CA. It was here he graduated from high school and, amidst the cinematic backdrop of the Hollywood Hills, fate led him on horseback to Janette, the love of his life. It was love at first sight. Their connection was immediate and profound, leading to a marriage that was later sanctified for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles Temple, blessing both them and their children. This sacred union bore witness to a lifetime of unwavering devotion. 
    A true American patriot and a Korean War veteran, Keith served with valor in both the United States Army and Navy during the conflict. As a General Engineering Contractor, Keith, left an indelible mark on the infrastructure of California and Nevada. Renowned for his leadership and expertise, he built and oversaw the construction of bridges, overpasses, and freeways, earning a reputation as one of the best in the field. His visionary projects dramatically reshaped the skylines and landscapes up and down the coast of California and throughout the state of Nevada. 
    In Leggett, CA, Keith built by hand his own home down a three-mile dirt road in the middle of a forest—a place his family called home, filled with cherished memories. This sanctuary in the serene embrace of the Redwood Forest, where he reveled in the joys of fishing, hunting, and the untouched beauty of nature, became a haven for his family. The Napa Valley also captured his heart, where he delighted in assisting at his daughter’s ranch, helping his son-in-law during roundups and brandings. 
    Keith Levi Orton will be remembered for his unwavering strength, profound love for his family, and zest for life. A devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Keith’s adventurous spirit and boundless energy kept him constantly on the move, whether he was exploring the great outdoors or overseeing construction projects. He approached life with gusto and determination. He leaves behind a legacy of resilience, determination, and boundless love that will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
    Family Remembrance: He is survived by his cherished daughter, Leslie Louise and her husband, William Lee Bishop, Napa, CA; granddaughters and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Connie Orton, Panguitch; brother-in-law, Richard Terrell, Palm Desert, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Keith was lovingly preceded in death by his eternal companion, Janette Louise Myers; children: Steven Keith Orton and Lori Jean Orton; brother, David Orton; and sister, Lois Terrell. Keith remarried Marie Liston in 2002, who also preceded him in death in 2018. 
    Keith Levi Orton’s life reminds us all to live life to the fullest.
    Keith was buried in the Panguitch Cemetery on April 12, 2024. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at  

    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 10 a.m. in the Panguitch Stake Center, 550 South 100 West, Panguitch, Utah 84759. 

Service Schedule

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Memorial Gathering

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Panguitch Stake Center

550 S 100 W, Panguitch, UT 84759

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Graveside Service

Friday, April 12, 2024

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Panguitch City Cemetery

1100 US-89, Panguitch, UT 84759

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