P. STEPHEN POTTER
A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th St., for P. Stephen Potter, 74, who died Oct. 24 in Gothenburg.
A lawyer by profession, Mr. Potter was known across the state at “The Hot Dog Man” for his style of tossing hot dogs to fans at the University of Nebraska Husker football games for more than 36 years.
He was born Nov. 14, 1944, in Gothenburg, to Jane and Paul Potter. He excelled in sports at Gothenburg High School, especially track, and graduated with the Class of 1963. Potter attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a pharmacy degree in 1969. While working as a drug counselor in Omaha, he attended law school at Creighton University and graduated in 1972.
Beyond his law practice, Mr. Potter enjoyed water sports and entertaining friends at a family cabin at Jeffrey Lake, mountain biking in Potter Pasture, and skiing in Colorado.
For several years, he and a group of friends took motorcycle trips to Telluride, Colorado, where they experienced adventures along the way. Potter also traveled throughout Mexico and Central America, especially Costa Rica, where he owned land.
He was a counselor, mentor, and role model to many people through his law practice and in his personal life.
At the time of his death, Potter maintained offices in Gothenburg and North Platte.
Potter is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Potter of Fraser, Colorado; and her mother, Elizabeth Barrett of Gothenburg; niece Hollie Wieland (Lance Sears) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brothers-in-law Steve Sarnes of Lexington, and William Barrett of Cupertino, California; mother-in-law Elsie Barrett of Lexington; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jane Christian Potter.
Memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg High School Cindermates or the North Platte Trails Network-Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.