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January 25, 1955 - March 13, 2019 ~ Madras resident Ray Potter, 64, died March 13.

Ray A. Potter, 64, passed away in Madras on March 13, 2019. Born in Lansing, Michigan, on Jan. 25, 1955, Ray was the son of Norm and Lois Potter.

Ray and his best friend and wife, Cindi, married 36 years, shared a life together filled with love and adventure. Ray completed his M.B.A., C.P.A. and was a professor of Accounting at Western Michigan University by age 25. He parlayed this early ambition and enthusiasm into a life rich with experience and wonder. Ray's career included entrepreneurship endeavors with a retail store in

Michigan, controller at an RV manufacturer in Junction City, Kansas, CFO/Controller of the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Whiteriver, Arizona, President and Director of Operations at Great Harvest Bread Co. in Dillon, Montana, owner and operator of the Southern Mill Bread Company of Tampa, Florida, Tribal Comptroller of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of San Carlos, Arizona, Chief Financial Officer of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, and Finance Director at Klamath Falls Community College.

These opportunities enabled Ray and Cindi to pursue their passion of everything outdoors: gardening, motorcycling, hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. Ray road his Harley Davidson everywhere from Key West, Florida, to Mt. St. Helens. He fished and hunted from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between.

Ray wrote national elk hunting articles and was featured on the No.1 selling elk video. He was a Big Brother for many years with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He even became a professional bowler late in life, was an accomplished chef and loved to paint. Ray retired to Madras, in 2013, with Cindi, Harry, his canine companion, and Mittens the cat.

Ray is survived by his wife, Cindi; sister, Krystal Potter; niece, Jade Peterson; nephew, Tommy Truax; and five great-nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ray's life will be held at a later date.

Contributions in Ray's memory may be made to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

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