In Memory

Steve Potter

Steve Potter

Obituary for Steven Potter

Steven Michael Potter, 66, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend passed away on Friday, February 19, 2016. He left this life the way he lived it--determined, never complaining, never giving up, and always looking forward with strength and composure.

Born, in 1949 in Augusta, GA, Steve grew up in the Lynnwood, WA area, graduated from Meadowdale High School and subsequently served our country in the US Air Force with a tour of duty in Viet Nam.

While attending the University of Washington, Steve met a fellow student, Deborah Larson. Steve and Deb fell in love and on July 16, 1976 they were married in Seattle, WA. After receiving his BA in Communications from the University of Washington in March 1977, Steve and Deb moved to Oak Harbor, WA where Steve began his career at the Whidbey News Times as a sports reporter. He had the privilege of working under the mentorship of Wally Funk and other esteemed colleagues. In 1984, Steve and Deb welcomed son Chris to the family.

Steve was a loving family man and took his position of sports and community everywhere he went in his daily life. He was never satisfied until he was able to provide our hometown athletes their due recognition for effort, commitment and achievement documented through his articles and photos. He left the Whidbey Press organization to found a small community publication, “The Town Crier” with co-owners Hugh and Lee Brainard and Dorothy Neil. Steve was honored to serve the Oak Harbor School District in the role of Community Relations Officer from 1993-1995.

Steve believed strongly in giving back to our Oak Harbor community and supported several organizations including North Whidbey Lions Club as President, Past President, and Secretary. He also served on the boards of United Way of Island County, the YMCA, and Whidbey Playhouse.

Steve is survived by his wife, Deborah, son Chris and daughter-in-law Maria, two beautiful grandsons Raiden and Larson, two nephews and a niece, and caregivers Mely and Juliet. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, John, Judy, David, and Susan.

The family would like to thank the Whidbey Hospital Home Health and Hospice staff for their compassionate care of Steve and family during Steve’s brave battle with Huntington’s Disease. The family suggests memorials to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Washington State Chapter, PO Box 27765, Seattle, WA 98165, or your favorite charity.

A Celebration of Life for Steve will be held at a future date with further information to follow.

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03/02/16 07:09 AM #1    

Kenneth Jennings

If you have seen the movie Stand By Me, one of the themes is that the childhood friendships of elementary school -- where you had the same teacher all day, year after year -- tend to get diluted through junior high, high school, and college.  Steve was one of my close knit group during those "let's build a fort in the woods" years.  The relationship faded a little, but we remained friends through graduation from Meadowdale and met up gain from time to time at the UW.  Despite the fact that our relationship faded gradually after Maple Park Elementary, Steve has been in my memory often over the decades.  As I sat down to write this, I think I have pinpointed the reason: Steve was simply one of the most "likeable" people I have ever known.  I remember his kindness to his aged and semi-invalid mother.  I remember that everyone in our little "gang" brightened up when Steve showed up to join in the fun.  I remember one particular casual baseball game with a mostly-dead rubber ball in front of my house on Park Way in the Parkdale neighborhood in Lynnwood as the summer light faded.  It was the peak of daylight saving time and it was almost 10:00pm before it finally it got too dark to see the ball.  We sat on my lawn in the crepsucular gloom until Steve got up to make the five minute walk to his house.  We all had "nicknames" back then and we all said "G'night Stevereno!"  Maybe there'll be another game on the big lawn on high . . . .

Ken Jennings

03/02/16 10:42 AM #2    

Kathy Christopher (Stack)

I am sorry to hear about Stave.  He was always smiling, and always so nice and friendly to everyone - just a very nice person.  He lived next to the barn and pasture that I kept my horse at, and we would chat often.  I know he will be missed.

03/02/16 11:36 AM #3    

Mary Ferchen (Lambert)

Steve grew up on the same block in Lynnwood with me and several other kids who went to Lynnwood Jr. High & Meadowdale High.  He was always so funny.   I thought he would have made a great comedian.  I don't think I ever heard him say a negative thing about anyone.  I remember in Junior High when he would throw a ball by my bedroom window to get my attention.   Our block was a culdesac at that time, so we would block the end of it when our parents were at work and have skateboard and bike races.  Steve was wonderful to his family and friends.  I had lost contact over the years and was so sad to hear of his illness and passing. 

03/03/16 09:56 AM #4    

Richard Mitcham

I knew who Steve was in High School but not very well (we ran in different crowds).  It wasn't until we lived in Oak Harbor that I got to know Steve better.  I always thought it was strange that three people from our class lived in Oak Harbor (Dan Berg being the third).  Anyway, the thing I remember most was the passion he had for whatever he was involved in. He had a great sense of humor.  Stere will be truly missed.

03/03/16 01:57 PM #5    

Shirley Canfield (O'Mara)

I remember Steve Potter.  I am sorry to hear of his passing.  I knew him more after high school than during.  I had an apartment at Camelot West apts in Lynnwood. Steve rented there at the same time.  One time I had gone into the laundry room as Steve was putting his clothes in the dryer.  I came back later and saw that his clothes were dry but still in the dryer.  For whatever reason, I thought it would be so nice of me to take his clothes to my appt and iron them.  I did this.  When I brought the clothes back to the laundry area, Steve was there with the manager.  Steve was reporting that his clothes had been stolen.  I was so embarrassed!  LOL  Rest in peace, Steve.  You were a very nice person and you were very nice about the clothes.  I have good memories..  Shirley Canfield O'Mara

03/04/16 04:59 PM #6    

Julianne Denby (Anderson)

I remember Steve fondly and posted the following memories of him on the Wallin Funeral Home, Condolences and Tributes website: Others may want to do the same. I’m sure his family and friends would love to read comments from his childhood classmates.

Condolence From: Julianne Anderson
Condolence: I recently heard of Steve's passing at a planning meeting for our upcoming 2017 50th Meadowdale High School class reunion. How sad that Steve won't be with us for that. I especially remember Steve from our years in the same class at Maple Park Elementary School in Lynnwood, WA. His kind, enthusiastic, energetic, and shining personality stayed with him throughout his school years at Maple Park Elementary, Lynnwood Junior High, and Meadowdale High School. He left us too soon, but he will not be forgotten.
Monday February 29, 2016



03/05/16 09:21 AM #7    

Susan Akers (Thompson)

I also attended Maple Park Elementary, Lynnwood Junior High and Meadowdale HS and remember him well and fondly.  Condolences to his family.   


05/20/16 06:18 AM #8    

Donelle Hall (Swecker)

My memory of him was , I was looking around and he came to me and asked if I was lost, he was ask me if I needed help and I did.  I was so nice cause it was my first day at MHS our sophomore year (December).  I will always will remember that. RIP.  By Donelle

04/01/17 04:03 PM #9    

Christopher Simon

Steve was truly an amazing classmate. He was always the guy who would pop jokes, perform silly stunts and was just a fun person to be around. I remember him well from our days at Meadowdale High where he and I were in the same graduating class. He was really the campus the cut-up along with Marcia Harrell - just as was posed in the 1967 year book. My fondest memory of him was on "Army Day" as a senior when a bunch of us dressed up in combat fatigues and camo. Some even brought toy guns as props (yes it was allowed back then - imagine that!). Steve and Marcia were seriously patrolling the halls looking for "bad guys" in between class periods and doing everything that would be considered politically incorrect today. A lot of fellow classmates met their pretend demise at barrel of Steve and Marcia's play rifles that day.

I was hoping to see him again at the next class reunion, and was truly saddened when I learned that he had passed away. May he rest in peace in the presence of the Lord. 

04/02/17 12:02 PM #10    

Larry Amundson

Went to school with Steve but didn't know him all that well until a group of us connected after our military stints or college or just by chance.  It was a time of " sowing our oats " and before the true responsibliites of life hit us all.  Remember going to Steve and Debbie's wedding at a big Greek Orthodox church in the Seattle area.  Lots of partying and just having fun.  As stated he always had a smile on his face and a great attitude.  Debbie was a great addition to his life and to all of us who got to know her too.

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