Vinton Leroy “ Hutch ” Hutchings, 71, passed away June 17, 2008, at his mountain top home in Calpine, California. He was born June 21, 1936 in Salt Lake City. Hutch was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a loyal friend. He is deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Hutch married Sandra Latturner, his wife of 51 years on October 2, 1956. Together they have four children, Kayleen Hutchings-Cook, Steven Shane Hutchings, Christopher Troy Hutchings, and Alison Cardona. They have 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 3 more great grandchildren on the way in 2008. His grandchildren and great grandchildren will miss his influence in their lives.Hutch graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked as a sausage maker, a meat inspector, and worked his way up to head of compliance for USDA meat and poultry inspection for the Western 11 states, Alaska and Hawaii. He retired in 1982.Retirement didn’t slow Hutch down a bit, Living life to the fullest, he succeeded at a number of other pursuits. He was a rodeo bull dogger, In off road racing, he participated as mechanic, pit crew, driver, and co-driver in SCORE and VORRA. Hutch managed his own auto repair business – Tumbleweed Enterprises. He also did construction work in the Reno / Tahoe area. Hutch proudly served his community as Chief of the Calpine Volunteer Fire Department. He was a long time member of California Association of 4WD’s. Hutch was passionate about many things, chiefly his family and friends. He loved building jeeps, jeeping, camping, hunting, fishing, shooting, car shows, maps, history, ghost towns, western movies, the dessert, and computers. He was an advocate of maintaining our freedoms to use public lands, and to keep and bear arms. Hutch was an honorary, lifetime member of the Madhatters 4WD Club of Northern California. On July 12, 2008 the Madhatters held a raffle at Deer Creek camp to honor our fallen hero and friend. It is our honor to present a check for $2,000.00 to the Blue Ribbon Coalition trail defense fund in Hutch’s name. Hutch was a true environmentalist.