It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Courtney Utt, who died at home in San Francisco on March 31st, 2014, after years of a brave fight against brain cancer.
Born in San Diego, California, in 1977, she received her B.A. in Fine Art/Photography from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1998. After moving to San Francisco, she went on to work as a visual designer and photographer for a notable portfolio of clients, from publishers to record labels to restaurants, on a number of award-winning projects.
More than for her professional accomplishments, however, Courtney will be remembered by those who knew her for her warm friendship, her fiery charisma, her intelligence and her confidence. Her friends were her family, and she gave of herself unstintingly and without question, always looking for ways to help those she cared for.
An inveterate traveler with an unquenchable curiosity, Courtney's broad range of interests spanned everything from good food and wine to architecture to Japanese culture to tinkering with her vintage Honda motorcycles. She was also a dedicated photographer and an avid gardener, spending as much of her time as possible at the Dearborn Community Gardens.
Fearless and fearsomely competent, she drew people to her and made friends wherever she went. She is deeply loved and her bright presence in the world is greatly missed.
Donations in Courtney's memory may be made to the University of California at San Francisco's Brain Tumor Research Center.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 13, 2014