David Hutchinson, 82, passed away Feb. 20, at Hope West in Grand Junction. He lived in Texas for 57 years until he discovered Colorado.
During that time he got his bachelor’s of arts at Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas; a Master’s of Education at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He worked for the Texas Department of Corrections; was a physical education instructor; taught seventh and eighth grade for Newton ISD; coached baseball and drivers education and was a junior high school principal at Kirbyville ISD; and he was head of the education department at the Vernon State Hospital for Drug Dependent Youth for 20 years. He was in the Air Force Reserves for eight years.
He was a lifetime member of the Texas State Teachers Association; a lifetime member of the Good Sam Travel Club; president of the local Greenbelt Sam's Club; assistant state director and the inside facilitator of the Good Sam State Samborees; and a member of the Vernon Lions Club and the Montrose Elks. His volunteer activities were:
His volunteer activities were: the Wilbarger County Civil Defense, where he was a storm chaser; the Montrose Animal Shelter; Retired Senior Volunteer program; the U.S. Forest Service in Gunnison for 11 years where he and Margie were campground hosts and manager of hosts; he made and painted signs among other jobs.
He and Margie spent two years with the Colorado Parks as campground hosts at Highland Park at Loma.
David was involved with the Boy Scouts for more than 20 years. As a youth he reached the rank of Life Scout; was a scoutmaster for 12 years; District Commissioner for two years; District Chairman for two years; was on the Northwest Texas Board of Executives; Post advisor of the Civil Defense Explorer Post; was in the Order of the Arrow (Brotherhood and Vigil); went through Wood Badge (where Margie attended) and then was an assistant Scoutmaster. He took a group of scouts to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico; was assistant Scoutmaster for a troop of boys to the 1977 National Scout Jamboree in Pennsylvania.
Awards he received for scouting were: District Award of Merit; Silver Beaver; St. George Episcopal Award for Scouting; God and Service Recognition (#256 in the U.S.) awarded by the National Commission for Civic Youth Serving America; and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
David was a member of the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Gunnison and Grace Episcopal Church in Vernon, Texas. He was a licensed lay reader for 40 years, a treasurer, junior warden, senior warden and on the bishop committee. His lifetime interests were camping, fishing and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margie; daughter, Liz; sister, Jean and her husband Wayne. He was preceded in death by a son Terry, brother Charlie, sister Margie and his parents.
A service will be held at the Good Samaritan church in Gunnison Sept. 19, 2020, at 10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to: The Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 701, Gunnison, CO 81230; Montrose Animal Shelter, 3383 N. Townsend, Montrose, CO 81401; Hope West Hospice, 3090 North 12th Street, Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81506.