I found out last night that my friend, Dave Potter passed away. He contracted pneumonia, and passed away Saturday morning on August 11th. I met Dave on my mission in Detroit, Michigan. I was serving in the Ann Arbor area and started teaching him the discussions with Sister Cluff, Sister Seamons, and Sister Olsen. He had been through many missionaries but it was never the right time. We had some of the best discussions and he even had icecream ready for us to eat afterwards. After about six months, I got transferred to Novi. At a Relief Society broadcast, I found out that Dave was baptized. Although I wasn't able to attend, I felt happy for the decision he had made. He has served in many callings, and stayed active in the city council and community organizations.
I was able to see Dave again when he flew out for a general conference in 2001. He was able to get many tickets for all of his "girls." I finally was able to give him a hug. I had always planned on returning to Michigan to see Dave but never got around to it. If you knew Dave, you know what a wonderful man he was. He was like a second grandpa to me. I will miss him dearly but I know that he is really happy with his wife. I know I'll be able to see Dave again but it still has caused some sadness.