Robert “Bob” Edwin Potter passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, from natural causes at age 79. Bob was a 44-year resident of the Calimesa-Yucaipa area.
He was born July 23, 1940, to Robert and Vera Potter in Chicago, Ill.
Bob was an Army veteran and served from 1960-1962. He was the vice president of the Yucaipa Equestrian Arena Committee; a member of the American Legion; a member of the Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Redlands Board of Realtors; involved in Yucaipa Concerts in the Park series for many years; served as the dedicated emcee for the Yucaipa Equestrian Center’s cattle sorting; and participated in the Century 21 Lois Lauer annual Stranger Danger and Child Identification program.
Bob was a real estate agent since 1965, opening Potter and Associates Realtors in 1977 in Calimesa after just 12-years of real estate experience. When interviewed by the News Mirror in 1977, Bob said, “In this business you don’t really have to sell anything – the property sells itself. The secret is matching the people with the house.” Bob’s career encompassed seven years of land development in Yucca Valley with his father, three years of residential sales, six years of title insurance, and one-year of mortgage banking. He joined C-21 Lois Lauer in Redlands in 1980, later moving to the Yucaipa office.
Bob was married to Dorothy “Dottie” Kennedy-Potter for 41 years. They were beloved by their family, friends and community. The couple gave tirelessly to those in need and were incredibly kind souls. Known as the “king and queen” of Yucaipa, Bob is now with the love of his life, Dottie.
Bob is survived by his daughter Stacy Bertelsen and her husband L.P. of Santa Ynez; sons Robert Potter and his wife Ginger of Paso Robles; Kent Werges and his wife Kim of Yucaipa, Tom Werges and his wife Lindy of Los Angeles; brother William Potter of Montrose, Colo.; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at Wildwood Calvary Chapel in Yucaipa. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Yucaipa Equestrian Center.