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John V. Potter Jr.

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Longtime Meagher County Attorney John V. Potter Jr., 79, who was active in numerous business and service organizations, died Friday, Sept. 16, at a Great Falls hospital, of complications following open-heart surgery.

Services are 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at White Sulphur Springs High School gym, with burial in Mayn Cemetery, followed by refreshments and food at Dempsey's Tavern. Twichel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John was born July 8, 1932, to John V. and Ruth (Potts) Potter in Livingston, Mont. He graduated from law school at the University of Montana in 1956. Following grad school, he worked in the offices of attorney W.D. Rankin, and as a law clerk for Federal Judge William J. Jamison. In 1958, he returned to Meagher County and was elected county attorney. John served as Meagher County attorney for 36 years.

John was married to Linda (Campbell) Potter for 32 wonderful years, before her death in 2004.

John served as a member of the Commission on Practice of the Supreme Court of the State of Montana from 1997 to 2001, and was a member of the Montana State Bar for 50 years. For 37 years, he served as a director at the First National Bank/Bank of the Rockies, which was founded by his grandfather John Potter. John was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Rotary Club and the Meagher County Volunteer Fire Department.

John spent his free time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He enjoyed reading, building knives, tying flies, taking photographs and shooting guns. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed visiting with them about their endeavors.

In addition to his wife, Linda, he was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by daughters Marlys (Potter) Granlund of St. Louis, Minn., Bonnie (Dan Smith) Lower of Willow Creek, and Janie (Kirk) Barfuss of White Sulphur Springs; a son, Charlie (Sherri) Lower of Willow Creek; 12 grandchildren, Danielle Granlund, Melissa Granlund, Haliday Lower, Abbey Galt, Parker Galt, Campbell Smith, Logan Barfuss, Morgan Barfuss, Jordan Barfuss, Brandi Morales, Bryant Morales and Chance Lower; two great-grandchildren, Caylee Morales and Caiden Denison; a sister, Laura Ann (Angus) McMillan; a niece, Elizabeth (Alan) Stine; and a nephew, Mark Lodman.

Memorials are suggested to The Meagher County Sportsman's Association, P.O. Box 311, White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645.

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 18, 2011
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