- May 24, 1960 - February 13, 2014
- Rancho Santa Margarita, California
of William's Passing
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“I have known Clay for over 20 years. He was a loving and caring person and I know you must miss him so much, he was a great friend to me. Scott
1 of 18 | Posted by: Scott Hansen - San clemente, CA
“We will remember the nice memories of Clay. I heard so many stories about Clay's kindness and the fun time my son had when he was with Nick and Clay....Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Ahmad Houshangi - Mission Viejo, CA
“We will always remember Clay fondly. He was such a loving and fun Dad. Our hearts break for all of you.
He will be missed, Jan and John
3 of 18 | Posted by: Jan and John Grazer
We were so sorry to hear you have lost Clay,
and especially that the kids have to experience this kind of deep sadness while so young...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: The Kuhlmanna - Mission Viejo, CA
“My condolences to the family. I will keep you in my prayers.
5 of 18 | Posted by: Marcella Cantero
“I just want to say thank you for sharing your memories of my dad. When I read them I feel incredibly sad he is no longer here in this world with us....Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Erica Hutter - Mission Viejo, CA
“My prayers go out to you and the family. Clay was a great boss, friend and someone who always cared. It was a pleasure knowing and sitting next to...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Dee Leonard - Mission Viejo, CA
“My prayers go out to you and the family. Clay was a great boss, friend and someone who always cared. It was a pleasure knowing him all these years. ...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Dee Leonard - Mission Viejo, CA
“When I first met Clay, I noticed right from the start how passionate he was for his friends, and his family. I had the pleasure of visiting with Clay...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Patrick O'Brien - Eugene, OR
“I had the privilege of working with Clay for 20 years.He was a great supervisor but an even greater friend.I will always remember his laugh and his...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Steve Waltz - Santa Margarita, CA
“I remember Clay as a very good father who was so proud of his children.
Take comfort in all the great memories!
11 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Blasko - Huntington Beach, CA
“My prayers go out to you and the family. I am going to miss you sneaking into the candy drawer after 5:00 and realize I am still here and catch you!...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Salb - Trabuco, CA
“Rest In Peace Clay. You are survived by friends and loved ones who will truly miss you. I always enjoyed hearing stories of great competition between...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Zach - Mission Viejo, CA - Friend
“Great knowing you Clay, all these years gone by so quickly. Some great memories. Till we meet again!
14 of 18 | Posted by: Tony Hidalgo - Friend, Co-Worker
“I would sometimes go months and years in between seeing Clay, but every time I would see him he would greet me with the same enthusiasm and smile on...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Amir - Friend
“Clay was an amazing husband and father. He had such a happy life with so much love and lots of dreams ready to fulfill. I loved hearing of the fun...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Cheryl Hasegawa - Fullerton, CA
“Rest In Peace, Clay. You raised a wonderful daughter who has touched my life, thanks to you. We will keep an eye on Er for you while you look down on...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Renee Chaffin - Friend
“I miss ya bubba. I'll always remember the fishings trips to Mexico and to Alaska. Wish we could have played golf awhile ago...but it rained.
See ya...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Bart Lantz
William Clay Hutter
Our family is missing one of its favorite playmates.
Clay could be found shooting hoops with the neighbor kids, hanging out with friends and family always
having the sounds of Sports Center in the background. And above all, he was an amazing father.
"Everybody thought of him as a dad," said his daughter Erica.
William Clay Hutter, 53, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Mission Viejo. Clay was surrounded by
friends and family wishing him goodbye as he joined his mother June and sister Jen.
Clay was born May 24, 1960, in Santa Monica, Calif. He and his family lived in Northridge until 1967,
when they moved to El Toro. He has lived his life here ever since.
Clay graduated from El Toro High School in 1978, and later he earned his associate's degree at
Saddleback College in 1997.
He first married Monica in 1982, which brought him his children Erica and Nick Hutter.
He first met his wife Theresa in 2001 on a blind date at P.F. Changs. He was so nervous his hand shook
when he was paying the bill, she said. But she just knew that he was the one, she added.
They married Nov. 6, 2004, on the beach in San Clemente.
Along with Theresa came her daughter Amber, who became another daughter to Clay.
"My heart would jump a little bit when he told someone I was his daughter," said Amber. "I was really
proud that he was my dad."
Clay loved the outdoors and sports. He played football, basketball and baseball, golf and surfing. He
passed along this passion to his children. He loved coaching Nick's sports teams when he was a kid and
watching him play in high school and college. He loved playing catch with Erica and taking her to the
He had an adventurous streak that took him rock climbing and skydiving.
He also loved to fish with friends down the coast. Nick remembers Clay taking him out on a boat for
hours - but they never caught anything. On the way home they bought five fish and tried to pass them off as their catch.
He and Nick were always competing with each other. It could be about comparing muscles or answering
Jeopardy questions, he said.
Clay loved to travel. He and his wife went to Ireland, Amsterdam, Paris, the Bahamas, Virgin Islands and around the United States visiting their kids in San Francisco, Portland and Houston.
He also liked going to the zoo and communing with the gorillas, which had a special place in his heart for some reason.
He loved westerns, especially "Tombstone." And his favorite movie was "Happy Gilmore."
He was silly and kind and generous.
"He was the most playful person," said his sister Donna.
Clay is survived by his wife Theresa; children Erica, Nick and Amber; brother Tim and his wife Tami;
sister Donna; nephews Joshua and his girlfriend Amanda, Caleb and his wife Alex, Keegan, Andy,
Taylor and Amicus; nieces Kailey and Harlow; and … Pepe.
He is preceded in death by his sister Jennifer and mother June.
A memorial service is scheduled on Friday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. at McCormick and Sons, located in Laguna Beach Canyon. A reception will be held afterward at the beach house. Please park at 2727 Via Cascadita in San Clemente.
Those who wish may send memorials to McCormick and Sons at 1795 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna
Beach, Ca 92561.
You will be so dearly missed and we are grateful for the time we got to have with you. Goodbye, Clay.