John Kirby Orme was born to Samuel W. Orme and Sarah Cross on 3 October 1862 in Tooele, Utah Territory. He married Jeannette A. Park in the Logan Temple on 1 December 1887. They had nine children. Orme worked as a farmer and stock raiser. He served as a missionary in the southern United States from 1890 to 1892. Orme also served as a president of the Forty-Third Quorum of Seventy, a counselor in the presidency of the high priests quorum, assistant superintendent of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association, and a teacher in the Tooele Sunday School. In 1902, he moved his family to Idaho. He died in Sugar City, Idaho, on 16 October 1938.
 “John K. Orme Dies at Home in Idaho,” Transcript-Bulletin (Tooele, UT), 18 Oct. 1938, .