Michael "Orta" Smiley

January 28th, 1953August 10th, 2015

Orta died August 10, 2015 at home in Louisville, Colorado at the age of 62.  He was born in Belvidere Illinois the oldest of three children.  He was a diehard Cubs fan and enjoyed watching and discussing all sports.  Orta was a graduate of Sangamon State University with a business degree.  He left the Chicago area and relocated to Colorado in the early 80’s. He continued his love of sports here supporting the Buffs.  He worked in the construction and facilities maintenance fields at Neodata, Qwest and most recently at Lowes. 

Orta and Anita were together for 33 years and were married in May 2010. They enjoyed their annual trips to Cabo and other travels and attending many sporting events.  Orta never knew a stranger and enjoyed conversing with all he met.

Orta is survived by his wife Anita Hostetter, his mother Barbara Gratz, sisters Diane (Don) Meyer and Marilyn (Scott) Muir , sisters-in-law Donna (Bill) Wright, Linda Hostetter, brother-in-law Don (Lu Ann) Hostetter and nieces and nephews Brianna, Donald, Ryan, Carrie, Ben, and Emily as well as  his many friends.

A Celebration of Life gathering in Orta’s memory will be held on Friday, 8/14/2015, from 4:00-6:00 P.M. at Anita and Orta’s home at, 217 W. Walnut St., Louisville, CO 80027

Visit www.darrellhowemortuary.com to share condolences.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boulder Homeless Shelter or a charity of your choice.  

Services

A Celebration of Life gathering in Orta’s memory will be held on Friday, 8/14/2015, from 4:00-6:00 P.M. at Anita and Orta’s home at, 217 W. Walnut St., Louisville, CO 80027

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Condolences

Rest in peace Mike. My condolences and prayers to all family members.
Rest in peace Mike. My condolences and prayers to all family members. Doug Smiley
Anita, my heart goes out to you and Orta's family. I was in shock when Sharon called me. Lots of memories flooded back. My best one is going to one of the Jackson concerts. Orta stood in line getting tickets for Mavis, Sharon and myself. We had a great time. Of course there were the endless talk and gatherings for the Buffs back in the day when they were on top. Dancing with him at street fairs could tire me out. He had such energy. Memories live on. Hold onto them tight. Sending you light, love, and prayers.
My sister Anita loved Orta for 33 years. He will be greatly missed & thought of every day by Anita and the family.
Anita we are so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. I'll keep you in my prayer. Love, & prayers Donna Charles too
Dear Anita, So sorry upon hearing this news, Orta was a treat to be around, table hockey, softball,we went to a Cubs game together where he got to talk to Harry Carey after the game. He was there for me when I needed help with dry-walling my garage for my dental lab. I hadn't seen him in years, I regret that we lost contact. All good memories. jerry
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