Ortega, PVHS alum, former athlete, dies at 24

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/1/21

Nick Hackney took a few minutes Aug. 31 to remember his friend and Prairie View High School classmate, Mitchell Ortega, who died last week in a motorcycle crash.  “We had a couple of classes …

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Ortega, PVHS alum, former athlete, dies at 24

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Nick Hackney took a few minutes Aug. 31 to remember his friend and Prairie View High School classmate, Mitchell Ortega, who died last week in a motorcycle crash. 

“We had a couple of classes together,” Hackney said. “He was 2 years older, so he took me under his wing like a big bro, as he did for lots of people. 

“Genuine soul.” 

A family Facebook post said Ortega was riding his motorcycle when another car cut in front of him. 

“If you knew his charismatic charm, chances are he brightened your world too,” said the post. “He celebrated his college graduation from MSU Denver and impacted lives at his job at Northpoint Recovery in Loveland, making a difference.” 

PVHS athletic director Jason Humphrey called it “such a tragic loss at such a young age.” 

“Mitch was a great kid and a proud ThunderHawk,” Humphrey tweeted. “Many of our veteran staff had the pleasure of having him either in class or on the athletic field.” 

Ortega played on the T-Hawks’ football team in 2014 and 2015. He finished his 2015 season with 43 solo tackles and 69 total tackles. He also played baseball in 2014 at PVHS. In 17 games, he batted .357 and

drove in five runs. 

“Mitch continues to impact many lives. He elected to be an organ donor,” the family Facebook posts said. “After this process, we will share the celebration of life details.” 

Present PVHS football coach Tim Cardenas tweeted “Gone too soon.” 

“I’m praying for the Ortega family through this time,” Hackney said. 

“He will be missed dearly, and we offer support to his friends, family, and close ones during this time,” Humphrey tweeted. “Once a ThunderHawk, always a ThunderHawk.” 

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