Richard Samuel Potts

July 29, 1939 ~ January 13, 2022 (age 82)


On January 13, 2022 Richard passed away.  He was born on July 29, 1939 in Las Cruces, New Mexico to the late Hencley Potts and Evelyn E (Bills) Potts.  He spent time in Utah and California growing up.  He had a brother John D Potts and a sister Carol A (Potts) Lundburg.  He enlisted in the Air Force in 1957.  He spent a year at Tan Son Nhut AB Vietnam 68-69.  He married Gail D (Kisner, Komm) Potts in 1970.  After becoming a Master Sargent he entered the officer training program.  He retired in August of 1984 as a Captain.  Then he spent 13 years, 9 as a detective, with the Scottsdale P.D.  After retiring again he and Gail moved to Overgaard, AZ, where several of his years were spent as a lookout for the Forest Service.  Then they moved to Sun City West where he enjoyed playing golf, swimming and bicycling.  During 6 years of his time as an officer they lived in Germany, where Scott graduated from high school, and Greece.  He has a daughter Zoe Ann (Potts) Merkel from his first marriage.  He has two stepsons William and Scott Komm and a grandson William C from his second marriage.  Richard will be cremated at Camino del Sol and have a military honors ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery.  Richard loved animals so a donation to a rescue group would be appreciated.

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