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Ray Emerson Potter

1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Ray Emerson Potter

Cedar City - Ray Emerson Potter, age 74, passed away peacefully from complications related to cancer on Thursday, August 2, 2018. He was born December 20, 1943 in Avon, Illinois to Ralph and Clara Rentsch Potter. He and Joyce Carl were married in 1984 and were later sealed for time and all eternity on March 29, 1997 in the St. George, Utah temple.

Ray was raised in Memphis, Missouri where he excelled in track during high school. He continued his education by receiving a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Shortly after graduation he joined the Air Force, serving as a mechanic during the Vietnam War. He was released from duty in 1971 and then worked as an independent transmission mechanic for over forty years. Ray enjoyed serving others which led him to serve several LDS church missions. He will be remembered for his true devotion and good humor.

Ray is survived by: his wife Joyce and her children - LaLanna Carl, Kyleen Powell (Barry), Romar Carl (Toni), Kawan Carl (Bree Crafts) and Carlton Carl (Shay), his second wife Rosie Brown and their two sons Ron Potter (Amanda) and Rob Potter (Misty), and his daughters Karen Crawford and Laurie Hill (Clint). He is also survived by his sisters, Linda Wright (Ellis) and Carolyn Waller (Terry) and his 30 grandchildren, and he is preceded in death by his first wife Julie Schollenbarger as well as his parents.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 11th at 11:00 am in the LaVerkin LDS chapel at 481 N. Main St. There will be a viewing on Friday, August 10th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Spilsbury Mortuary in Hurricane and a separate viewing on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 at the chapel. Interment will take place in the LaVerkin Cemetery.

The family would like to acknowledge the special care given to Ray by Brookdale Assisted Living in Cedar City and Sun Tree Hospice.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Aug. 9, 2018
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