Craig Michael Potter

April 7, 1959July 28, 2018

Craig M. Potter of Tampa, Fla., passed away in his home on July 28, 2018. He was 59.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Aug. 11 at Stowers Funeral Home, 401 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon, Fla. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Vancouver, Wash.

Craig was born in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1959 to Gary and Ruth Potter. He grew up in Mitchell, SD and graduated high school from Huron High School in Huron, SD. He went on to attend college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated with honors in accounting.

Straight from college, he began work in New York City at the Internal Revenue Service, where he became a CPA. He met and married GraceAnn Monastero, from which came the pride and joy of his life: his daughter Elizabeth and son Kevin. They made their home on Long Island before moving to Denver and eventually to Tampa in 1998.

Craig spent the majority of his career with Citigroup as a Systems and Solutions Manager. In 2005 he met and married Karen La Bella and gained a step-daughter, Erika Agema.

He loved to travel and went overseas many times, whether for work or vacationing with family. Visiting every state in the U.S. was a big priority to him. He also loved to play golf and watch all sports. He stayed true to his teams: NY Jets and all Tampa teams. But most of all Craig enjoyed raising his children and watching them turn into adults. He loved his newly-gained son-in-law Ian and daughter-in-law Alessandra, and especially his granddaughter Natalie.

Craig’s positive view on life and calm demeanor was an inspiration to his family and friends, and his impact on others was contagious.

Grateful to have shared in his life are his daughter, Elizabeth (Ian) Wyosnick and granddaughter Natalie of Seattle, Wash.; his son, Kevin (Alessandra) Potter of Vienna, Austria; a sister, Jean (Bob) Openshaw of Vancouver, Wash., a brother, Ken (Candy) Potter of Pierre, SD; two uncles, Dick (Maureen) Potter of Kahibah, Australia; and Klaus Podubecky and special friend Gaby of Karlsruhe, Germany.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a contribution at the link below to The Turning Point of Tampa Charitable Foundation.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 11, 2018

Craig Michael Potter

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