The Athens Review
On Tuesday, the Mabank area found itself once again reeling from the loss of a longtime, well-respected citizen when Mike “Hutch” Hutchinson died.
Hutch, 62, died Tuesday at UT Southwest Hospital in Tyler after complications from surgery. On Monday, Mabank ISD Officer Mike Garner passed away suddenly.
Hutchinson was a familiar face in the Mabank and Cedar Creek Lake Area. He graduated from Mabank High School in 1969. When Hutch was in high school, he went to work for now-defunct Hyde's Furniture in downtown Mabank. He worked at the furniture and appliance store for 28 years, until it closed in the early 2000s. He spent a couple of years at Groom and Son Hardware until he found his niche in insurance. At the time of his death, he was working at McAfee Insurance in downtown Mabank.
One of the owners of McAfee Insurance, Diane Mixon, said, “We will all be at a loss with Hutch. He was an excellent employee and friend. He will be hard to replace — all our customers loved Hutch.”
Scott Confer, executive director of the Mabank Economic Development Corporation, said, “I have never met anyone who did not like Hutch. He was a friend to many people in Mabank and the area. He knew everyone in town.”
Hutch's history in Mabank included a six-year stint on the Mabank ISD Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2001. Southside and Lakeview elementary schools were built during the time Hutch was on the board.
Friends who knew him best said Hutch never met a stranger. For the first 50 years of his life, he lived within a block of the house in which he grew up, demonstrating his love of Mabank.
Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Thursday with Moorehead-Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City. No other information was available at press time.