State Senator Dennis Utter has died at the age of 72.
Utter won election to the Unicameral in 2008. He was a former councilmember and mayor of McCook. Utter had filed for re-election until lung disease forced him to reconsider.
Gov. Dave Heineman issued a statement.
Senator Dennis Utter was a friend. Dennis was a dedicated and principled State Senator. He cared deeply about rural economic development and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and the Utter family.
Speaker of the Legislature, Mike Flood of Norfolk, also issued a statement.
Senator Utter embodies the very best of Nebraska. Tonight our Legislative community mourns his passing as we remember what made him so likable and effective in the nation’s only Unicameral. Dennis’ family meant the world to him. They have every reason to be proud of him–his character and everything he accomplished. A hard worker who told it like it was, Dennis’ contributions to the Hastings and McCook areas underscored what public service meant to him. He will be greatly missed.
Utter served on the Banking, Commerce and Insurance, and Revenue committees, a natural since he spent his career in banking.
Sen. Utter is survived by his wife Kathryn and three children: Mark Utter, Ward Utter and Denise Ott.