Longtime Utah reporter dies unexpectedly

SALT LAKE CITY — A local television reporter who reported the Utah news for more than 30 years has died.

Marcos Ortiz died suddenly Saturday morning at his home, according to ABC4 Utah, where he worked as a senior crime and justice reporter. He was 68 years old.

Local media said the cause of his death was not yet known.

“Words are hard to find when we learned of the loss of our colleague and friend, Marcos Ortiz,” ABC4 chief executive and vice president Mark Danielson said in a statement. “He was an icon in Utah: a journalist, a mentor, a coach and a friend. He reminded us how to be curious while setting an example. He will be missed by all and will always be remembered.

Ortiz was from Lovell, Wyoming. He worked in radio in California before returning to Wyoming, where he worked in print media and later began his television career.

He has been a journalist in Utah since 1992 and started at ABC4 in 2004, where he continued to work until his death. It has largely focused on crime with an emphasis on cold cases and missing persons.

Ortiz was married to Sandy Olney and the couple had a daughter. They also had a beloved pet dog, Ortiz said in his organic.

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Editor’s note: Channel 4 management has granted permission, on behalf of Ortiz’s family, to FOX 13 News to use the photo and information about his life contained in his obituary.