Obituaries: June 2007

Died Robin Utterback, prominent Houston artist, 57, on March 29 after police found him stabbed in his burning Montrose-area warehouse. Police said Utterback’s partner, Clifford David Gaylord, was responsible for his death. Investigators believe Gaylord started the fire in the warehouse building where Utterback was found, and died the following day after being struck by a train near Heights Boulevard.

A memorial service for Utterback was held in the Rice University Art Gallery on May 13. His work is included in the collections of the Menil Collection and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Utterback’s family requested that donations in his name be made to the Houston SPCA or any public library.


Sandy O'Daniel

Died Sandy O’Daniel, the transgender activist and educator, on April 27 in his Houston home. He was 55. As the first prominent female-to-male (or FTM) transgender individual in the area and a mentor to other transmen, O’Daniel was known as the “Father of the Houston’s FTM Community.” For many years, he had served as the director of the group STAG (Some Transgenders Are Guys), and he also served on the Houston Transgender Unity Committee board. O’Daniel is survived by his parents, a sister, a son, his companion, Mary, and his dog, Patch, as well as many friends in the community. A celebration of O’Daniel’s life was held at the Houston Area Community Services center on April 30. An online memorial may be viewed at the TransHouston website (


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