Doug D. Potter
Passed away peacefully August 23, 2014 at the age of 85 He was born in San Bernardino to Verne and Ruth Potter in 1929. He attended school in San Bernardino graduating from San Bernardino High School in the Class of '47. He attended San Bernardino Community College receiving his Associate of Arts Degree. He married Serena Alexander Potter in 1950. His career was in the Marketing Department with the Southern California Gas Co., receiving many awards for his outstanding service. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association and was a full time advisor to the Arkla Industries Gas Air Conditioning.
Doug joined the Navy during the Korean War and served 2 years at the Sub Base at Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu. After being released from active Duty in January 1954 he returned to San Bernardino and the Gas Co.
Doug's Community Service includes:
Uptown YMCA Board of Directors, serving as its chairman for two years.
Active in the Y's Men's Club, serving as its president and a member of the Metropolitan YMCA Board of Directors for 10 years.
Active in YMCA Christmas Tree Sales for 25 years, chairman for two years.
Was a member of the San Bernardino City Planning Commission for eight years, and was chairman of the Planning Commission for 2 ½ years.
He Served on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
For 17 years he served on the Foundation Board at St. Bernardine Hospital in San Bernardino.
In 1994 he became Chairman of the Southern California Gas Co. Retirees Club for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties for 22 years, also serving on the council.
Political Activities in San Bernardino
Worked on six different city council campaigns and was campaign manager on two of them. Was on a campaign committee for County Board of Supervisors, also serving on the executive committee and was recognized by the professional staff for putting the campaign over the top. Campaigned for a city school board candidate two different elections, was campaign manager both times. Was on a campaign committee for State Assembly candidate and was also on a campaign committee for a congressional candidate
Doug is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Serena, their son Allen, his wife Cheryl, grandchildren Alex and Kelcie, and great granddaughter Aubree. His brother Verne and many loving nieces and nephews also survive him.
Doug will be remembered for his charitable spirit, relentless commitment, and generous love for his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Sept 5th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel, 1299 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to the St. Bernardine Medical Center Foundation, 2101 North Waterman Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92404
Bobbitt Memorial Chapel
1299 E. Highland Avenue San Bernardino, CA 92404
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Aug. 29, 2014