Robert & Joy Orton

Robert and Joy Orton represented the David M. Kennedy Center and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) as Government Relations specialists at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, with a term ending in 2017. Bob practiced law in the Utah legal community for over 30 years after graduating from the University of Utah College of Law in 1964. In addition to an active trial practice, Bob devoted significant time to the Utah State Bar. His service included chairing the Continuing Education Committee, the Legal/Medical Committee, and the Bar Examination Committee as well as serving as a Bar Examiner. He has also been President of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association and was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates—a recognition that requires the honoree to have acted as lead counsel in at least 200 civil jury trials. Bob is currently serving as Honorary Consul for the Government of Romania to the State of Utah.

Bob’s career has also included dedicated service through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including living in Moscow, Russia while serving as a member of the Europe East Area presidency and living in Bucharest, Romania while serving as President of the Romania Bucharest Mission—living for a total of 7½ years in countries of the former Soviet Union.

Joy Orton received her BA degree from the University of Utah.  She taught at Skyline High School.  She also worked as a graphics artist for Bailey, Montague and Associates.  She was a PTA president, and community council chairman.  She was also a director of foreign language study at an elementary school.  Joy has held several church leadership positions.

Bob and Joy served as President and Matron of the St. George Utah temple. They have six children and twenty-one grandchildren.