May They Rest in Peace

A last goodbye to Dallas' dearly departed of 2014

A last goodbye to Dallas' dearly departed of 2014

With the arrival of 2015, we look back and say goodbye to celebrities, chefs, philanthropists and other notable Dallasites who passed on in 2014.

Musician Jan Paul "JP" Davidsson died on December 23 after a battle with cancer; he was 53. He played drums and sang for early Deep Ellum bands such as The Underground and Shallow Reign.

Dallas wine professional Diane Teitelbaum died December 7 after a brief illness; she was 68.

Lubbock-born sax player Bobby Keys died on December 2 in his Tennessee home. Keys, 70, who played with the Rolling Stones, had been battling cirrhosis.

Urban developer Kenneth Hughes, whose projects included Mockingbird Station in Dallas, died on November 29 of natural causes at Baylor University Medical Center. He was 69.

Dallas chef Russell Hodges passed away on November 26; he was 59. He worked at Routh Street Cafe, Americana, Suze, Iris, J. Pinnell's, Juniper and Crescent Court.

Yolanda Montañes Cuellar, part of the El Chico founding family, died on November 5; she was 95.

Texas artist Tracy Hicks, whose art was shown at many local galleries, died after a heart attack on October 24; he was 68.

Filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson, screenwriter of Paris, Texas and one-time husband of actress Karen Black, died after an illness on October 20; he was 73.

Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt, of the famed Hunt family and sibling of Caroline Rose Hunt and bridge namesake Margaret Hunt Hill, died on October 21 of heart failure. He was 88.

Philanthropic black businessman Comer Joseph Cottrell Jr., died of natural causes on October 3; he was 82. The first black elected to the powerful Dallas Citizens Council in 1982, he donated millions to Paul Quinn College.

Banker and civic leader Theodore H. "Ted" Strauss, whose first wife was Annette Strauss, the first woman elected Dallas mayor, died at his Preston Hollow home on September 5 of natural causes. He was 89.

Harry Mead Coley Jr., namesake founder of custard shop Wild About Harry's, died on August 13 at age 75, of complications from lung cancer.

Blues-rock guitarist and Beaumont native Johnny Winter died at age 70 on July 16 in a hotel room in Zurich.

Kuby's Sausage House co-founder Henk Winnubst, of Henk's European Deli and Black Forest Bakery fame, died on July 2 at 82 from complications due to dementia.

Punk rocker Brian Alguire died on June 5 in his Deep Ellum loft; he was 37. Brian was a staple at concerts, easily identified by his trademark Mohawk.

Scott Lastowski, 39, a veteran bartender who worked at La Grange, Meridien Room and The Foundry, died on June 5.

David Rell, 51, a longtime music fan who worked at Blockbuster Distribution, died on June 2 of natural causes.

William Blair Jr., founder of weekly newspaper Elite News and a one-time Negro Leagues pitcher, died on Easter Sunday at age 92.

Margaret Doggett Crow died on April 11 at age 94 of natural causes. Her husband was Trammell Crow, founder of the Trammell Crow Co. and Trammell Crow Residential.

Elton "Ray" Hutchison, husband of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who had a hand in creating DART as well as Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, died on March 30 of heart complications. He was 81.

Robert S. Strauss, the colorful lawyer from Dallas who was a major figure in the Democratic party and advised many politicians in both parties, died of natural causes on March 19; he was 95.

Kay Bailey and Ray Hutchison
Ray Hutchison, husband of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, died March 30. Photo via Texas Tribune
L.M. Kit Carson
L.M. Kit Carson Courtesy photo
Margaret Crow
Margaret Crow Photo courtesy of the Crow Family
Harry Coley
Harry Coley Photo courtesy of Wild About Harry's
Diane Teitelbaum
Diane Teitelbaum Courtesy photo