November 24, 1952 – March 23, 2015
Donald Orval Hutt, 62, of Boise, Idaho, passed away at home March 23, 2015 after a recent bout of medical conditions and a lifelong search to find peace. Don spent his last few months on Earth surrounded by enough love, support, and care to help him find the peace he spent his entire life desperately searching for.
Don, or “oh great one,” as he preferred to be called by his daughter, spent his life pushing everything to the extreme. He always commented that he would rather live a full life than a long life, and, boy, did he manage that.
Hutt originally attended Boise State University on a basketball scholarship, attempting to play both football and basketball until football won him over. Hutt was the most prolific pass receiver in Boise State history, owning the school records for career receptions (189) and career touchdown catches (30) until 2010. He shared the record for touchdown catches in a season (13) with fellow Borah High grad Mike Holton until 2009.
Hutt also ranks fifth in career receiving yards (2,728) and tied for second in career 100-yard receiving games (11).
If he were writing this now, he’d also make sure to jokingly add that he did in three years what took everyone else four.
Hutt was a first-team All-American in 1973, and made the All-Big Sky first team from 1971-1973. He later went on to play professional Canadian Football for the Toronto Tiger Cats in the WFL in Hawaii, as well as ending his career with the L.A. Rams. He still stands as the #2 receiver of all-time at Boise State University. We’re all certain that he will watch over the blue turf to ensure that it is well maintained to his impeccable standards.
Don was not only successful on the field, but in the business world as well. He could sell a drowning man a glass of water and made a living by making friends first and taking care of business second. He was known by all for having a personality that filled a room the minute he entered it. We all have peace in our hearts that his giant personality and even bigger laugh will continue to live on through those who were lucky enough to know him.
Regardless of his fame and fortune found on and off the field, only two things were truly important to Don, his daughter and his loved ones, in that order. Macaile was the light of Don’s life and he made sure everyone he encountered knew it. Macaile used to joke that she couldn’t take her dad anywhere or tell anyone her last name without someone recognizing Don as her father—something she now considers one of the greatest gifts she will ever be given. He may have been a hero on the field to those who watched him play, but he was a hero in the truest sense of the word to his little girl.
We all know that Don has created a legacy that will live on far beyond his time on this Earth, but he will be greatly missed by those lucky enough to know him every single day.
Don is survived by his daughter, Macaile, sisters, Sande (Mitch), Janice (Bob), twin brother, Ron (Judy), and youngest brother, Terry (Susan), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
We are confident that he was welcomed with open arms by his late parents, Dale and Dorothy Hutt, and baby sister, Judy. We find comfort in knowing that Don is at peace, free from suffering, and finally reunited with his favorite cat, Charisma.
This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later…Daddio, Papa Bear, DH, Donny, big brother and cherished friend.
One last chant, “Hutt, Hutt, Hutt.”