Hutzel was best known for his work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. For many years he was a strong proponent of modelwork for the Star Trek series, even when Voyager moved across to CG, preferring to shoot miniatures on the effects stage at Image G in Los Angeles. He was an Emmy Award winner for his work on Battlestar Galactica and its spin-offs and sequels.
Mike and Denise Okuda paid tribute on their Facebook page: “His creativity, dedication, and unfailing good humor helped make him a major contributor to the worlds of Star Trek: TNG and DS9, as well as to Battlestar Galactica and numerous other projects that were fortunate to benefit from his genius.”
Paul Simpson adds: On a personal note, Hutzel was responsible for taking me on the sets of the Star Trek shows for the first time back in 1997, which led directly to the many contacts that I made in Los Angeles over the years. He was generous with his time and will be missed by many.