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Gary Dean Hutzel

1955 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Gary Dean Hutzel Obituary
November 4, 1955 - March 1, 2016 Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Dean and Janet Hutzel, Gary grew up surrounded by faith, family, and the values of "do unto others as you would want them to do to you." This became his credo, and he lived by the Golden Rule in both his personal and professional life. Time and time again, it is always mentioned how Gary paved a path for many by recognizing their talent, which in turn allowed them to have careers, family, and a sense of accomplishment they believe they would not have had without knowing Gary. Accolades fill his shelves-four Emmys, and six Visual Effects Society awards-but he was not boastful. Most people upon meeting him would not know of his greatness. In Gary's mind, the work was paramount, not him. In his personal and professional life, Gary was an inspiration to all. Everyone he met benefited from his kind heart, keen eye, and the ability to allow you to be your best without any fear of rejection or reprisal. He was the epitome of a boss who led without threat or anger. Gentle and calm, he had the ability to diffuse tense situations and sooth egos without insult. People did not recognize those times when Gary got them to change their mind or attitude; they always thought they figured it out for themselves. He was a guiding light to the artists who worked with him. His own artistic talent showed through his ability to create alien worlds and landscapes that were unparalleled in television. Motion picture quality work was his standard, not the exception. Always a perfectionist, he set the bar very high on all projects, even the smallest. Everyone will miss his amazing sense of humor and his ability to turn any terrible situation into a beautiful one. Survived by his wife Catherine and their three children (William, Andrew, and Frances) Gary's legacy will live on through them. Gary truly made the world a better place and he will be dearly missed. Memorial services are planned for March 19, at 2:15 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Newhall, California. A reception will follow.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 11 to Mar. 14, 2016
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