OBITUARY

Gary Lee Hutchison

August 4, 1939March 21, 2021
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Gary Lee Hutchison, 81, went home to the Lord on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Gary was born August 4, 1939 in Dallas, TX, where he lived all his life. He graduated from Crozier Tech High School in 1958. He married the love of his life Rita Boykin in 1961; they spent 60 wonderful years together.

From the start, music was in his blood. He began studying accordion at the age of seven and loved it so much that he taught it and started his performing career in 1958 with the Gary Lee Combo. From that point, his popularity increased. Over the years, his orchestra shared the stage with such celebrities as Bob Hope, Milton Berle, George Gobel, John Davidson, Lynn Anderson, Norm Crosby, The Four Freshman and many others. However, always humble, Gary never boasted of these associations.

Through the years, he was the house orchestra at the Wintergarden Ballroom, as well as playing at conventions, hotels, restaurants and senior centers in his later years. For three decades, Gary’s band was featured at the Fair Park Music Hall for the Cotton Bowl brunch on New Year’s Day. One of his biggest audiences was at the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas where Ronald Reagan accepted the nomination as President. He also played on the American Airlines inaugural 747 flight. He and his band were honored as the highlighted entertainment on the Gary Lee Orchestra Cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Conquest in May, 2009.

He retired from entertaining professionally Dec. 31, 2014 after 56 years of bringing joy to thousands with the Big Band Sound. Gary enjoyed people and he made many lifelong friends wherever he played. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Besides music, his passions included Texas Rangers baseball, railroading, photography, fishing and golf. He was always ready for adventures of any kind and loved traveling with family and friends. His greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom were his “sweetarts.”

He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his unwavering faith and his willingness to help anyone in need. He served his community as a Dallas County Deputy Constable and a member of Dallas Elks Lodge #71 as well as the Knights of Columbus #799 3rd Degree and Father Abram J. Ryan General Assembly 4th Degree. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Roy Lee Hutchison and Lucille (Munson) Hutchison, sister Darleene (Hutchison) Denbow, and grandson David Tompkins.

Left to cherish his memory are wife Rita (Boykin) Hutchison, daughter Lori (Jim) Hall, son Gary Allen (Melissa) Hutchison, daughters Jackie (Robert) Tompkins and Jenny (Bill) Wilbur; brother, Darwin (Debbie) Hutchison; brothers-in-law Billy Denbow and John (Beverly) Boykin, sister-in-law Elaine Gibson.

Ten grandchildren: Brandon (Adrienne) Hall, Stephanie (Joshua) Garcia, Becca Hall, Jordan Hutchison and close friend Rachael Whatley, Jason (Marley) Hutchison, Daniel Tompkins, Jeremy Tompkins, Jonathan Atwood, Bradley Atwood and Ashley Atwood.

Seven great grandchildren: Mason Hall, Graham Hall, Maren Hall, Jaden Hutchison, Rosalynn Hutchison, Caedyn Tompkins and Brooke Atwood, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 26 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home on Garland Road. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 also at Sparkman-Crane. Calvary Hill Mausoleum entombment will be private. Due to COVID-19, there will not be a reception.

Memorials: Floral tributes or contributions to your favorite charity in Gary’s memory are welcome.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brandon Hall
  • Jordan Hutchison
  • Jason Hutchison
  • Daniel Tompkins
  • Jeremy Tompkins
  • Bradley Atwood
  • Jonathan Atwood

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

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Milton Luker

March 28, 2021

made lots of your dances, for years. met your wife Rita way back.
talk to Gary about a month ago & you sounded ok. Will miss you.

Patty Harwell

March 26, 2021

Oh, the wonderful hours spent dancing to Gary's music! He was a great friend, a wonderful musician, and will be missed. His music already has been. 🥲 My sympathy to all.

Mark Roberts

March 25, 2021

Gary was a great friend. Both my dad and I played in his band many times and always had a great time. You will be missed.

Barbara & Frank Foytik

March 23, 2021

Gary, was a great person, musician, and friend. His band played dance music for our30, 40, and 50th Anniversary parties at the Elks 71 Lodge in Dallas. Barbara and I really enjoyed dancing to all his music for many years. Gary will be missed.
Blessings to all his family.

Randy Ferguson

March 23, 2021

So sorry for you’re loss. He was a great man and helped the community greatly. I really enjoyed his company. Blessings to the family

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