February 26, 2013
Alan Chapman Poteete died of heart failure Feb. 11. 2013, in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 81.
At his request, no services will be held.
Alan was born, May 8, 1930, the ninth child of William Lowery and Opla Chapman Poteete in Bakersfield, Calif. He attended Beardsley Elementary School, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield Junior College and the University of the Redlands, graduating with a degree in education.
He later earned a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. Following graduation, Alan enlisted in the Navy. After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he served shore duty in Yokosuka, Japan, as an officer in Duty and Base Operations (tug boats, administration assistant to the Chief Operations Officer, and legal duties serving as prosecutor in court martials).
The last two years in the Navy during the final stages of the Korean War, he served on the destroyer USS Erden (DD-631) as an anti-submarine officer.
He married Beverly in 1954 in Japan. After his discharge from the Navy he began his teaching career at Edison School in Bakersfield, followed by assignments in Grass Valley and Nevada City, where he served as a teaching principal, as well as Santa Cruz and Oakland. He became proficient in the Spanish language which he taught, as well as math where he was effective with problematic classrooms of students. Alan thoroughly enjoyed his retirement with travel, especially living in Bela Horizonte, Brazil, where he was fluent in speaking Portuguese.
It was important to him to maintain contact with this family members and friends, always offering a helping hand when needed.
He is survived by eight sisters; his wife, Beverly; sons, William Ray and his wife, Sarah of Kauai, Mark Lowery and wife, Mary of Santa Cruz; three grandchildren and one (soon to be two) great-grandchildren.