Vernon L. Dutton, 65, a retired deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's avionics division, died of cancer Saturday at a hospital in Fayetteville, Ark.

Mr. Dutton joined the old Civil Aeronautics Authority, a predecessor of the FAA, in 1941 and was assigned to the Department of the Navy during World War II.

From 1946 to 1968, he supervised airport planning and development in Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Greece, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Afgahnistan while on assignment for the FAA. He then returned to FAA headquarters here and was deputy administrtor of the avionics division until his retirement in 1971.

Mr. Dutton received a number of government commendations for his work.

He was born in Atlanta. A former resident of Adelphi, he had maintained a home in this area from 1953 until moving to Harrison, Ark., in 1971.

Survivors include his wife, the former Henrietta Forest of Harrison; three sons, William R., of College Park, Burney L., of Rockville, and Vernon L., of New York City; a daughter, Gale Elizabeth Crooks of White Plains, Md.; three sisters, Mildred Pierce, Grace Storrell and Joann Dutton, all of Atlanta; three brothers, Eddie, of Atlanta, and Virgil and Leon, both of Los Angeles; 14 grnadchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.