Jack B. Potter, 90, of Meridian passed away peacefully with his dear friends by his side on Friday, November 30, 2018.
Jack was born July 5, 1928 in Buhl, ID to Joe and Ethel Potter. From Jack’s journal he wrote that when he was an infant his Grandma raised him on homemade bread and cow’s milk. His mother did not have a way of making any money so he and his brother, Wallace went to live with his aunt Hazel and her husband Leo Olsen in Wendell. Jack learned to fish in the Magic Reservoir from his uncle Leo. He said that his aunt Hazel was pretty tough but his uncle Leo was pretty easy. When he was 8 years old he and Wallace were sent on the train, Portland Rose, from Gooding to live in a boys home in Boise. He had been going to school in Wendell and was so proud to be in the 3rd grade.
Jack was drafted into the Army and was a medic. He said he was a medic because they knew he was good with animals. He was so proud of his time on the IL Ranch and the Spanish Ranch. Jack spent most of his time on the back of a horse, he always said he was a buckaroo. He made friends with the other buckaroos and enjoyed sharing stories and photos from his time on the ranches. Jack was a hard worker and always had a job even from a young age. Some of his jobs include delivering meat to grocery stores and restaurants, Sugar Beet Factory and retiring from Armour Meat Packing. The job he enjoyed most was working with his horses on his ranch. He managed his horses until he was 88. After the death of his dog, Hambone, he received a pup, Bob, and they were constant companions.
Jack married Pat Curtis on July 1, 1982. She and Jack sponsored the Meridian Lazy JP Ranch Bowling Team for 27 years, which Jack continued after Pat’s death. Jack was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Pat in 2014.
For the past four years Jack enjoyed celebrating his half birthday with his friends at Chuck-A-Rama in case he did not make it to his next birthday. He also enjoyed going to rodeos and travelling. If you knew Jack you were blessed with his stories of his life’s adventures. In his words, “There will be some truth and some lies. The lies are always better than the truth.” One of his favorites he like to tell was how at age 4 he could blow smoke rings from smoking dried tree roots. He said this was the best smoke he ever had. This did get him a spanking from his aunt Hazel.
An informal open house gathering to celebrate Jack’s life will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 5th at Accent Funeral Home, 1303 N. Main St. in Meridian. Pastor Ben Day will share a prayer at 5:30 PM. Remembrances may be left on Jack’s webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com
Memorials may be made in Jack’s name to The Idaho Youth Ranch Hays Home, 7221 Poplar St., Boise, ID 83704 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.