Alan Chapman Poteete
May 8, 1930 - Feb. 11, 2013
Resident of Bakersfield
Alan Chapman Poteete died of heart failure in Santa Cruz, CA. Alan was born in Bakersfield, the ninth child of William Lowery and Opla Chapman Poteete. He attended Beardsley Elementary School, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield Junior College, and the University of Redlands, graduating with a degree in education. He later earned a Masters' Degree in Education from Stanford University.
Following graduation Alan enlisted in the Navy. After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he served shore duty in Yokosuka, Japan as an officer in Duty and Base Operations (tug boats, administrative assistant to the Chief Operations Officer, and legal duties serving as prosecutor in court-martials). The last two years in the Navy, during the final stages of the Korean War, he served on the destroyer USS Erben (DD-631) as Anti-Submarine Officer.
After discharge from the Navy he began his teaching career at Edison School in Bakersfield, followed by assignments in Grass Valley, Nevada City where he served as a teaching principal, Santa Cruz, and Oakland. He became proficient in the Spanish language, which he taught, as well as math where he was effective with problematic classrooms of students.
Alan thoroughly enjoyed his retirement with travel, especially living in Bela Horizonte, Brazil where he was fluent in speaking Portuguese.
It was important to him to maintain contact with his family members and friends, always offering a helping hand when needed.
His parents and an older brother, Max Poteete, preceded Alan in death. He is survived by eight sisters, his former wife Beverly, sons William Ray and his wife Sarah, of Kauai, Mark Lowery and his wife Mary, of Santa Cruz, three grandchildren (Stephanie, Marcus Anna) and one (soon to be two) great-grandchildren.
At his request, no services will be held.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Feb. 24, 2013