Michael Dennis Hutto, 67, went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2023 surrounded by loved ones, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on October 10, 1955, in Abilene, Texas, to his parents, Homer and Earlene Hutto. Mike married the love of his life, Jennifer Hutto, in December of 1984, and together they raised five children.
Mike was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Hutto, daughters Holly (Nick) Marquardt, Heather (Fred) Kite, Robin Waltrip, Amy (Heath) Loftin, and his son Thomas (Tyre) Waltrip. He was a proud grandfather of eight grandchildren, Austin, Kaitlyn (Jesse), Hayden, Skylee, Haylee, Kimber, Makayla, and Caiden, and great-grandfather to AJ and Andy.
Mike began his career as a carpenter and won the Young Builder of the Year Award in 1984. He worked for Fort Lewis College for many years after moving to Durango, Colorado, in 1991. Later, he worked for an engineering firm in the Denver area and quickly advanced to become the Public Works Director and then City Manager for the Town of Lochbuie. In 2011, Mike and Jennifer moved to Eudora, Kansas where he accepted the position as Public Works Director. In 2015 Mike was honored with the Eudora Citizen of the Year award and in 2016 he was honored with the State of Kansas Public Works Director of the Year. In 2017 Mike and Jennifer ventured back to Colorado to be with family, where he eventually retired from Terracon in April 2022.
Mike was a family man who worked hard and dedicated his life to his loved ones. He was an honest, trustworthy, reliable, and loving man, who everyone could count on. He loved playing pranks and had the most amazing sense of humor. He was a man of strength, courage, grace, resilience, and grit. He was a loyal and compassionate friend, and his presence was like air in a room, light in the dark, and kindness in the cruel.
Mike loved camping, boating, snowmobiling, and golfing, although he was often referred to as Happy Gilmore on the course. Mike was an avid gun collector and enjoyed time shooting. He loved to Barbeque. His favorite thing to do was to spend time with his family, he truly was a family man.
Mike will be missed by all who knew him, and his memory will live on through his family and friends.
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