A man of few words would never describe Bob Potter. Famous for his storytelling, Bob finished his final tale on January 28, 2018 at his home in Winton, CA at the age of 85. Proud of his pioneer heritage, he grew up in the town of Salinas, CA, a place named by his greatgrandfather, Andrew P. Potter in 1854. Bob spent his early days helping on the family homestead and attending the Salinas Rodeo. This love of the ranch life would be relevant later in his life. An avid sports enthusiast, Bob lettered in baseball, football, basketball and track and was a member of several Salinas High championship teams. Answering the call to duty, Bob served as a Marine from 1951 to 1955. During this time, he had the opportunity to meet and serve many interesting people including General Douglas MacArthur, Eleanor Roosevelt and Lady Chiang Kai-Shek. After discharge, he desired to complete his education therefore, he attended Cal Berkeley and UCSD, finally graduating from USF in 1961. Bob moved to the central valley in 1962, where he soon began his family. Working in retail and accounting, Bob followed his heart and love of cars into the auto industry where he enjoyed a 20-year career. He left to manage a political campaign for his best friend and best man Verne Baccarini. Unfortunately, it was not successful and an opportunity presented itself to enter the computer age. This career move would open new doors and continue until his retirement as an adult educator in 2005.
Returning to his roots was important to Bob, therefore he and Peggy began showing registered Hereford Cattle at the National Western Stock Showing 2002. Enjoying the travel, cattle friends and show life, this journey continued until its conclusion at the Fort Worth Stock Show in 2017. His success in this endeavor and love of bling earned him the nickname, “Buckle Bob.” Bob is survived by his wife, Peggy Joseph-Potter, Winton, sons Kevin, Brian and Kirk (Rachel) all of Merced and daughter, Kathy Martin (Cliff) of Atoka, Tennessee. His grandchildren, Jessica Martin Pannell, (Nathan) Kyle, Kaydon, and Shane and great-grandsons, Forrest and Everett Pannell. His sister, Barbara Martin and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at the Ivers and Alcorn Funeral Home, 901 W. Main Street, Merced, CA at 10:30 on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Interment will be at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, Santa Nella, CA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to the MMCM Foundation for the Mercy/ UC Davis Cancer Center, 333 Mercy Way, Merced, 95340 or the California Nevada Junior Hereford Association, Ruth Woolery, 42563 Wilcox Road, Hat Creek, CA 96040.