Jeffrey William Dutton
1950 - 1996
"Go for it -- Peace be with You"
William Dutton was a man of contrasts. His attention to detail
co-existed with his appreciation for the unknown. He was creative
and logical, focused in his pursuits, but able to unwind fully
with family and friends.
Born June 7, 1950, in Rockville Center, New York, Jeff grew up
in Louisville, Kentucky. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America
there and had many memorable camping trips. At Seneca High School
he played the flute in the marching band. After graduating from
the University of Kentucky with a degree in architecture, he realized
his passion was building scale models. He was recognized for both
this and his artwork from an early age.
After working for several companies building architectural models
in Atlanta and then Kansas, where he settled, Jeff had the opportunity
to have his own company. Omni Models Inc. became Jeff's in 1980.
It remains a successful venture today as a result of an excellent
foundation from Jeff's ideas, techniques, and state-of-the-art
Jeff always had some kind of project going, whether it involved
model railroads or his home. He designed and built home additions
and many pieces of fine furniture. As a child, Jeff and his father
built model railroads and Jeff continued the hobby into adulthood.
He had several model railroad layouts; the last one filled his
basement and had a floor-to-ceiling mountain in progress. His
impressive layouts were on many model railroad tours, some of
Jeff's strong sense of humor and love of music showed at work
and at home. He loved acting "silly" with his daughter
and her friends. He had a technical mind and liked the leading
edge of technology, especially as related to electronics or music.
Curious and inquisitive, Jeff read for information rather than
escape. He was a fan of Carl Sagan.
The Fourth of July was Jeff's favorite holiday because it combined
rocketry with the heavens. As a recent member of the Model Rocketry
Association, Jeff had formalized another hobby begun in childhood
- model rockets. He was planning a larger rocket before his passing.
Space and the stars captured Jeff's interest, whether through
the large telescope with a tracking device he once had or from
the back of his sailboat, Higher Priority. He knew many constellations
and found it very peaceful to view them in the skies over Lake
Stockton, Missouri, where he sailed with his wife, Suzie, and
their daughter, Leah. He had many friends and happy memories from
the camaraderie with others on the dock and people who visited
Jeff heard of spreading ashes in space when the idea was still
a concept. He designed his urn and created a thought to be engraved
May my dust be returned to my origin in the vastness of
eventually to again become a small part of nature's most glorious
A New Shining Star.
Peace be with you, Jeff.