Peter T. Potts, 84, of Horseshoe Bay, took his final flight on October 15, 2019. He was born on July 20, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois and shortly thereafter the family moved to a suburb, Winnetka, where he grew up with two brothers and two sisters, attended Saints Faith, Hope and Charity School through sixth grade and North Shore Country Day School through eighth grade. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1953, Stanford University in 1957 and was commissioned second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He completed Primary Flight Training (T34,T28), Bainbridge AB, Georgia, Basic Flight Training (T33), Craig AFB, Alabama, Combat Crew Fighter Training (F-100 Top Gun), Luke AFB, Arizona/Nellis AFB, Nevada – and Peter was supersonic.
In Phoenix, he met and married his wife, Olta, and in 1960 they were stationed at Wethersfield AB, England. In 1963, he was reassigned to Nellis AFB, where he flew as Instructor Pilot in the Fighter Weapons School (F-100). His last USAF assignment was as Forward Air Controlle, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam, Where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star for bravery by the Air Force Chief of Staff.
In 1967, he resigned from the Air Force to become a United Airlines Pilot. In 1995, he retired as International Captain (B767-300), flying to London and Buenos Aires from Kennedy completing thirty-eight years of flight, accident free.
In 2003, Peter and Olta moved to Horseshoe Bay, Texas to pursue their toughest challenge – learning to play golf reasonably well.
Peter is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Olta; daughter Marjorie, son Harlan, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sisters Patti and Jenifer, brother Michael, numerous golf partners and opponents, plus a host of good neighbors. You may play through when ready!
A Celebration of life will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Church at Horseshoe Bay with Pastors Malcom McQueen and John Duncan officiating. Reception to follow at Slick Rock Grill, 1306 Hi Stirrup, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. Share your thoughts memories and condolences at www.CremationAdvocates.net.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Helping Center, PO Box 402, Marble Falls, Texas 78654.
Peter’s care entrusted to Cremation Advocates by Putnam, 206 Avenue H, Suite 204, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. (830) 798-8413.