Erik William Orwig |

Erik William Orwig


Erik William Orwig, beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend too many, died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart disease at his home in Summit County on Friday, April 2. 2010.

Erik was born on February 15, 1966, in Bloomington, Indiana. He spent his formative years in Indianapolis, graduating from Bishop Chatard High School and attending classes at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis. His first experience in the West came in the mid-1970s when he spent much of the summer in Park City, exploring the surrounding mountains and running the Colorado River. Even though he was only11 years old at that time, he promised then that he would return to the mountains someday. And he did.

Erik moved to Park City in 1989 and immediately fell in love with the town and the people. He worked in the restaurant industry and served as chef and manager at some of the finest eateries in town, while also serving as a private chef to families while on their ski vacations. Naturally, Erik loved the skiing and the outdoor lifestyle of the mountain environment. And he also loved music. So much so that with his friend Rocky, they formed a great band that played the local Park City and Salt Lake City hotspots and also toured into neighboring ski towns like Sun Valley, Idaho, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Aspen, Colorado.

Erik always had a warm smile for everyone and was also know for his loud, wonderful, unique laugh. He treasured his friends and family and loved their company. He also loved the company of Abby, a yellow Labrador retriever, and Jackson, a red tip heeler. To him, there was nothing better than roaming the hills of Round Valley, the trails and parks of Park City, and the nearby Uinta mountains with Abby and Jackson.

Erik is survived by his father, Bill Orwig of Park City; his mother, Barbara Adolay, and stepfather Peter Adolay of Eugene, Oregon; his sisters, Angie Dillon-Shore of Guerneville, California, and Kristin Gilfoil of Seattle, Washington; his niece, Sofia Gilfoil, and his nephews, William Gilfoil and Wyatt Arnold. And also, of course, Abby and Jackson.

In lieu of flowers or other considerations, please make a donation in memory of Erik’s name to "Friends of the Animals Utah" at Box 682155, Park City, UT 84068. Erik would like that.

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