Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from December 5, 1932, when he was issued a certificate of election to fill a supposed vacancy, until April 16, 1933, when it was judicially determined that no vacancy on the court had existed, and therefore his election to the Supreme Court was a nullity.
Born in Keokuk County, Iowa, June 28, 1880. He was graduated from Drake University in 1906. He served for a period as Municipal Judge in the city of Des Moines, and from 1915 to 1926, inclusive, he served as Judge of the District Court in and for Polk County. He was later elected to the House of Representatives in Congress where he served one term.
Judge Utterback died in Des Moines May 12, 1942.