Marvin W. Potts, 81 of Penn Yan, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 In Montour Falls. Marv was born on March 15, 1939 in Penn Yan, and grew up on Crescent Beach in Branchport. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1956, and married Patricia Goodman on February 5, 1960. They had four daughters and raised them on Myrtle Avenue in Penn Yan.
Initially, Marvin worked for the village of Penn Yan doing various jobs. He was then employed with Morton Salt in Himrod for a number of years until the plant eventually closed. He finished out his career as a Rural Mail Carrier with the US Postal Service, and retired in the year 2000.
Marv was very active in the Penn Yan Fire Department. He was on the Fire Board for a total of 8 years, and served as the Fire Chief from 1979 to 1981. He was a lifetime member of the Hydrant Hose Company. Marv also particularly enjoyed his work on the Yates County Fire Investigation Team.
One of Marv’s favorite things to do was watching sports. He loved Syracuse Orangemen basketball, and was a huge fan of NASCAR and the Cleveland Browns. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter, and a member of the Elks Club and Moose Lodge. Marv was also actively involved in the Branchport United Methodist Church, which is where he and Pat were married. Marv and Pat greatly enjoyed traveling, and spending time with their many friends in the community.
Marvin was predeceased by his beloved granddogs Buddy, Abby, and Toby; his wife Patricia, his daughter Denise Marie Potts, his brother Mallory Potts, and both his parents – Marie and Wescott Potts. He is survived by his daughters Lorianne (James Krise), Karin Potts, Kathleen Hansen (Jerry); his granddaughter Carrie Potts-Porter; and his sister-in-law Linda Goodman Blauers.
There will be a private service for the family followed by the burial at Glenview Cemetery in Pulteney. Donations in Marvin’s memory may be made to the Branchport United Methodist Church, c/o Dave Thorn, 3988 Belknap Hill Road, Branchport, NY 14418 or the Yates County Humane Society, PO Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527. To share memories of Marv with his family and friends, please visit townsendwoodzinger.com
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