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David John Orth, 75
Jul. 9, 1943 - Oct. 5, 2018
David Orth passed away Friday October 5th, 2018 at his residence near Kiowa.
Born during the summer of 1943 in Akron, CO to parents John and Mildred Orth, David was the second youngest out of their seven children. Born and raised on his parent’s cattle farm, David learned about and cultivated his lifelong calling as a cattleman, rancher and agriculturalist.
He graduated from Woodlin High School in Woodrow, Colorado in 1961 before going on to study Agriculture at CSU Fort Collins for two years. It was while attending CSU Fort Collins that he met and subsequently married his wife Nancy (nee, Werdel).
David and Nancy were married July 4th, 1964 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colorado Springs and later on that year bought their ranch in Kiowa, Colorado that would become their lifelong home. In 1970 they adopted their son Christopher.
Over the course of his life, David devoted time to and became involved with various communities and organizations. He served as an elected official on the Kiowa School Board as well as holding jobs with the Elbert County Assessor’s office and the Kiowa Soil Conservation. He was also a member of the Kiowa Lions Club, Elbert County Livestock Association, Farm Bureau, Central Colorado Angus Association and several other breed organizations.
During the latter part of his life, David was a trusted friend and neighbor and a pillar of the community. He was a man of simple tastes and enjoyed working his ranch, playing cards and keeping his mind sharp with crossword puzzles.
David was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy Ann Orth and sister Ruth Cox. He is survived by his son Christopher, brothers Earl, Leroy, Ed and Lloyd, sister Nellie, and their families, and leaves behind his many friends and legacy.
A Memorial Service will be Saturday, October 20th at 10:00am with Pastor Jim Emig Officiating:
Kiowa Creek Community Church, 231 Cheyenne Street, Kiowa, CO 80117
A Reception will follow the Service. At 3:00 p.m. there will be an informal gathering for inurnment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery (behind Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church), 34201 County Road 33, Kiowa, CO 80117.