REMEMBERING DAVE HUTTON; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 170
(Extensions of Remarks - November 29, 2016)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                        REMEMBERING DAVE HUTTON


                           HON. MARK SANFORD

                           of south carolina

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, November 29, 2016

  Mr. SANFORD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in remembrance of Dave Hutton 
of Daufuskie Island, located in the First District of South Carolina. 
He died earlier this month doing what he loved--living life fully and 
at full speed. In this case, he was on a hunting trip with friends. He 
was only twenty-seven years old.
   In that vein, Mark Twain once observed that the fear of death 
results from of a fear of life, but someone whose life is well lived is 
prepared to die at any time. Dave was indeed an example of life 
robustly lived, and much of his time spent on this earth was in the 
service of others.
   A man of large stature and spirit, his presence was one that 
welcomed you and that could not be ignored. As a native of Daufuskie 
Island, it comes as no surprise that Dave was among those who remained 
behind to watch over it when Hurricane Matthew hit back in October. A 
member of the so-called ``Daufuskie 100''--the name for the number of 
residents who rode out the storm, he was someone that those on the 
island looked to as a leader. Indeed, when I last saw Dave, he was 
leading the cleanup effort from the driver's seat of his bulldozer.
   That was par for the course for him. He couldn't help but lead. Even 
as a toddler, Dave encouraged his mother to give the change to charity 
whenever they went out to eat, an early indication that a life filled 
with service was to come. Dave's story is one of leading by example, 
one of both talking the talk and walking the walk, and I think there is 
a lesson that all of us can learn from within those pages.
   In his memory, I would ask that we take a moment today for 
reflection, and pause in asking how we can live up to his example of 
leadership. For those of us who knew him, even in the briefest of 
life's moments, he will be missed. Accordingly, I want to offer my 
condolences to his mother, Martha, as well as to the other family and 
friends he leaves behind.

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Daufuskie has lost one of its strongest spirits. But inasmuch as 
Daufuskie is a heavenly place for all who are called to its shores, I 
look forward to landing at the ultimate heavenly place that calls all 
of us one day home--and seeing him there. Dave will be more than just 
waiting for us. Perhaps on a shinier dozer, he will have cleared a path 
for islanders and non-islanders alike. He will be giving perhaps a 
touch too much direction and leadership--but this indeed is the Dave of 
   Until that reunion, Godspeed.