Obituary for David Alan Potokar
David Alan Potokar, 45, died on January 16, 2023, after a 20-month battle with liver cancer.
Dave was born in Ogden, Utah, on October 14, 1977, to Alan and Jean Potokar. He was raised in North Ogden, where he spent a lot of his time on the baseball field. From playing little league, to making the school teams, playing softball as an adult with friends and family, and eventually coaching his own beloved children and many others in the community.
He met Stacie, his eternal love, while at church, where they both knew they had found something special. They were married on July 13, 1999, in the Ogden, Utah Temple, shortly after he returned from his LDS mission to Tucson, Arizona. True childhood sweethearts, they spent nearly 30 years together (23 years married), building a life filled with love, laughter, and enjoying sports as a family.
He was a hard worker and an entrepreneur who co-founded a successful security business with his good friend and partner. Outside of providing for his family, he was seldom seen without a bat, ball, or glove. As much as he loved baseball, nothing compared to the insatiable passion he had for Stacie, and his favorite team: his children. He spent invaluable time with his kids, enjoying the games they played together.
He taught his family and friends to love life and have a determination to succeed in everything they do. He served his Heavenly Father with honor, was devout in all his LDS church callings, and brought his warm spirit and quiet strength to everything he did. He was a beloved baseball coach, who taught the fundamentals and helped everyone enjoy the simple joy of the game he loved.
In his months final, Dave would often say he was “Crappy, but Happy.” A true testament to the strong realities of cancer, but also an expression of a man who focused on what truly mattered — a positive spirit, an open heart, a forward-thinking determination, and gratitude for the blessings that were plentiful in a life lived to its fullest.
Dave is loved by his wife, Stacie (Williams), and their four children: Cole (21), Tate (18 – currently serving in the Jacksonville, Florida LDS Mission), Macie (15), and Beau (13). He is also survived by his mother and father, and his three brothers, Shawn (Kristine), Jason (Jill), and Brett (Shalise), and his mother- and father in-law, Chris and Craig Williams, and Stacie’s siblings, Heather Mickey (Phil), Lindsay Heitz (Kelly), and Curtis Williams (Marissa).
A viewing will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building located at 626 East, 2600 North, North Ogden, Utah from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A short viewing will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, prior to the service at the church from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM with the service at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at the Ben Lomond Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Dave’s service will be streamed live and can be watched on his obituary page at www.myers-mortuary.com by scrolling to the bottom of his obituary the day of the service.
For those who attend the viewing and/or funeral, the family would like you to bring a written memory about Dave. Stacie’s father has built a box to store all these cherished memories.
His entire family gives special thanks to the doctors, nurses, neighbors, and friends who provided thoughtful and compassionate care to Dave and his family during his long battle with cancer.
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