Vinton Leroy “HUTCH” Hutchings

Hutch and his Tin Mule

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.

About El Presidante

Past Madhatter President (9 years), Retired Police Officer. A mild stroke in 2011 slowed my wheeling down a bit but I'm still working on getting back in the game. I now am TOTALLY retired. Sue and I are approaching 42 years of marriage and our 2 kids and 7 Grandkids keep me busy. At the top of my priority list is getting all those Grandkids up in the mountains on camping and fishing trips. My bucket list is getting shorter but I've still got a lot of projects in the works.
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One Response to Vinton Leroy “HUTCH” Hutchings

  1. Wild_Bill_2 says:

    I know we all will miss hutch greatly.

    His presence was great and he reminded me of John Wayne. It was always a pleasure to speak with him. Even his negative comments were presented in a positive fashion and his words of encouragement were comforting.

    He was truly an inspirational individual.

    I trust where he is the trails have no gates.

    Wild Bill

    “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

    John Wayne

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