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David M. Hutt -- December 5, 1936 to July 29, 2012. Beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle and grandfather; successful businessman and politician; inquisitive botanist and tireless farmer. David lived his life at full tilt and chased his dreams until the end.
As a boy he traded London for Pasadena to escape Hitler’s blitz. Schooled at Pasadena Poly, the Governor's Academy and then Pomona College where he met Valorie -- the love of his life to whom he was married 52 years. Grad school at Berkeley preceded a stint with Big Oil. Then he and Valorie started their own agribusiness, reared three sons, was repeatedly elected to the local school board and served the community in countless ways. After selling the family business, they found their way to Santa Fe and became enchanted with New Mexico. David realized his lifelong dream by founding Earth Echo Farm. Sadly, Hodgkin's lymphoma cut his dream short and the farm was sold. But even after returning to California to spend his twilight closer to family, he tilled the soil, raising organic vegetables on a community garden plot.
David is survived by wife Valorie, sons Peter, John and Andy and grandchildren JT, Caitlin, Brian, Matthias, William, Juju and Rex.
My mom asked me to add:
The Gardens of Paradise just gained a new helper. David left us to sojourn there at 11:20 PM on the warm and balmy California night of July 29.
He squeezed my hand and left his breath here to begin to inhale the ethers of elsewhere.
A gentle wave of joyful contentment spread out in ripples of sparkling delight. He was free again and slowly twirling in the softly, glowing wonder of it all. This ethereal mist of farewell whispered through our home for an hour or so and then was gone.
Goodbye for now, David. Goodbye my love.
We held a Celebration of David's Life on August 18, 2012. Thanks to all who attended and shared their memories of my dad. For those of you didn't make it, the slideshow from the event is posted below. For a larger HD version, click the YouTube button on video below and the slideshow will open in YouTube, then select 720p under settings.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Pasadena Poly, the Governor's Academy, Pomona College, or the Quivira Coalition.