William “Bill” Orton was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah from 1991 to 1997. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for Utah governor in 2000.
Orton was born on September 22, 1948, in North Ogden, Utah. He earned his bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees from Brigham Young University. At the age of sixteen, he was hired by the Internal Revenue Service and continued to work there throughout his studies at high school and BYU.
In 1979 he founded a private law practice. He returned to his practice after his departure from Congress. He later joined Advantage Associates, a consulting firm comprised of former members of Congress.
Orton died tragically on April 18, 2009, after an ATV accident at Little Sahara Recreation Area in Juab County, Utah. He left behind his wife, Jacquelyn, and their two sons. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.