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Floyd Johnny Ortega


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Floyd Johnny Ortega

Floyd Johnny Ortega, 67, of Green River passed away Dec. 9, 2016, at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.

A lifelong resident of Green River, Ortega died following a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Rock Springs, the son of Domenico and Audilia Martinez Ortega.

Ortega attended the Green River High School and was a 1967 graduate.

He was a United States Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and served from 1967 until 1969 when he received his honorable discharge.

He married the former Jacqueline Sours in Green River Aug. 7, 1970.

Ortega was employed at OCI for more than 40 years and retired as mine production area leader. He was on the OCI mine rescue team for many years and won second national competitions in 1976.

Ortega was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, American Legion and Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 2350 in Green River.

His interests included fishing and hunting. He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Jackie Ortega of Green River; his mother Audilia Ortega of Green River; two daughters, Patrice Ortega-Soto of Green River and Shanna Straw of Rock Springs; three brothers, Frank Ortega of Green River, Tom Ortega and wife Rose and Lawrence Ortega and wife Cheryl, all of Green River; three sisters, Paula Ortega and companion Robert Ogden of Rock Springs, Judy Ortega and Liz Radman, all of Green River; four grandchildren, Keonna Williams, Austin Floyd Ortega, Kylee Straw and Hance McCann; one great-grandson, Kaleb William Floyd Muniz; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Marvin Dean Ortega and one nephew, Josh Bryant.

A celebration of life took place Tuesday.

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