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Alva James Potter
"Barney "

08/03/1929 - 06/04/2019

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On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Alva James (Barney) Potter, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away at age 89 after a long battle with cancer.

Barney was born on August 3,1929, in Walteria, California to William Alva Potter and Lilly May Pratt.   He was one of three children. 

On December 26, 1948, he married Betty May Fisher in Elko, Nevada.  He pursued her before joining the Navy  where he was stationed at Whidbey Island and Adak, Alaska. She became the love of his life for over 70 years.  They raised two children, a son Bruce and daughter Deborah. 

He was employed at Kennecott Copper Mine as a Boiler Maker for 33 years before he retired.

Barney had a passion for hunting, fishing, boating, camping and being outdoors. He was excellent at all of them. 

He was also an excellent carpenter and loved working with his hands.  He built numerous homes including the families first home in Sandy, a cabin in Kamas with his dad and brother, and a home in Park City after his retirement. He was known for his ability to fix anything, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Barney was preceded in death by his father, Alva, his mother, Lilly and his brother Dan and sister-in-law Mary Potter. 

He is survived by his wife Betty May Potter, his two children, Bruce Potter and Deborah Potter Dignam and son-in-law Edward Dignam. Two grandsons and their spouses, Bruce (Laura) Dignam, Chad (Emily) Potter, four great grandsons, Finn and Milo Potter, Wylie and Bodhi Dignam and  sister Jolene (Burke) Worthington.

He was always there for his family and friends.  We will remember his love and appreciate him always.  He will be deeply missed.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 beginning at 1:00PM at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.) in Sandy. A visitation will be held prior at the mortuary beginning at 11AM.

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  • We were so very saddened to here of Barney’s passing. Some twenty-five years ago our friendship grew after meeting at Harrisburg Resort at Hurricane Ut. while RVing. As snow-birds we met annually to spend time to-gather even when they and mutual friends were building their retirement homes near Hurricane. Consequently we became like one family even meeting members of their families and they ours.
    We do have many fond memories to share.
    God bless you Betty and family

    — Lorne,Shirley Lindskog and Family
  • Connie and I were saddened to hear of Barney’s passing. We so admired the way he led his life and will always cherish the time we had with him.
    With love,
    Mike & Connie

    — Mike and Connie Clark
  • My deepest condolences to your family during this most difficult time. May time heal your heart and memories bring you peace.

    — Yvonne DuBose

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