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POTTER, LARRY RAY
POTTER, Larry Ray 75 years young, of Lancaster, California, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Antelope Valley Care Center in Lancaster from complications due to surgery. Larry was born September 22, 1934, the son of Frank and Dorothy Potter of Perry, Iowa. Larry left High School early, to train as an auto mechanic at the Dodge Chrysler Dealership in Perry. During his time in Iowa, He spent two years in the Army National Guard in Minnesota. In September of 1952, Larry married Ethel Marie Houston of Dallas Center. Larry and Ethel had 3 children, Larry Dean, Terry Lee, and Michelle Marie, all of which survive him. His brothers and sisters (all living) include Frank, Marilyn Stewart, Patty Conrad, Jerry and Jeraldine Holcomb, Bonnie Bachle and Richard 'Rick'. Larry loved building motors and race cars, and raced for a few years in and around Des Moines. In 1959, Larry and Ethel moved to the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles where Larry went to work for Cal Worthington Dodge as a mechanic. After 2 years, they moved to the Saugas/Newhall area where Larry worked for Nate Olsen and Associates selling real estate. In 1966, Larry was hired by General Telephone as a mechanic in their San Fernando Yard. The family moved to Granada Hills and remained there until 1970, when Larry was promoted to Garage Foreman in the Lancaster GTE yard. After 2 years there, Larry was offered a larger yard in San Bernardino. The family moved to Redlands, and Larry remained there for several years. Larry and Ethel divorced in 1976, and Larry moved to Riverside, Calif. In 1981, Larry moved to Chico, Calif., where he opened his own auto repair and hydraulics repair business. Larry remained there until 2002. In 2002, Larry moved to Lancaster to be near his family and lived with Michelle. Larry was a lifelong race car fan and enjoyed spending his free time building motors and race cars. He personally knew Casey Kahne, and several other prominent drivers, including Richard Petty. Larry loved restoring Classic cars, and built for his granddaughters Rachael and Emily a 72 Charger and 68 Dodge Dart. Larrys last wish was to be cremated and have his ashes spread across the infield at Daytona International Speedway. His Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2010, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1701 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster - (661) 940-0082. Halley-Olsen-Murphy, Lancaster. www.homlancaster.com

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