Hugh James Potter

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Hugh James Potter passed away on March 31, 2015, due to complications of pneumonia and quadriplegia. He was born on July 24, 1943, to Phyllis and Clifford Potter, lifelong residents of the Ridgefield, WA area. Hugh grew up in Ridgefield, where he came to love playing team sports, hunting, fishing, and boating: all passions which he learned from his parents and passed on to his own sons. Hugh graduated from RHS in 1961 and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Oregon in 1965. Like his father and brother before him, Hugh joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity where he formed close bonds which lasted a lifetime. In 1968 he received his JD Degree from the UO School of Law and remained an avid Oregon Duck fan all his life. Upon graduating, Hugh returned to Vancouver, WA to join the firm of Blair, Schaefer, Hutchison, and Wynne, later becoming a partner in the firm. He continued his law practice until the day he died.
On March 4, 1972, Hugh married Mary Lou Ruthardt, and together they raised their family of three sons on "Potters' Acres" in Vancouver with a focus on athletics and the great out-of-doors. He was a member of Royal Oaks Country Club, worked with Disability Resources of S.W. Washington, and coached for Alcoa Little League, serving as president of all three organizations.
Hugh was predeceased by his parents and survived by his wife, Mary Lou; his sons, Heath (Afton) of Portland, Jeffrey (Colleen) and Bradley (Riley), both of Vancouver; and his six grandchildren. His brother, Stan Potter (Linda), resides in Leaburg, OR, and his sister, Jane Manessiotis (George), also lives in Vancouver.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of S.W. Washington, 1111 Main St., Ste. 605, Vancouver, WA, 98660; or to Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program, with which Hugh was involved, at 1409 Franklin Street, Ste. 101, Vancouver, WA 98660.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 7, 2015
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