Nicholson “Nick” Delbert Pottorff, 77, of Fort Dick, passed away at his home on Jan. 29, 2018.

Nick was born in Riverside on Sept. 25, 1940, to Elmer Delbert Pottorff and Hazel Orpha (Minges) Pottorff. Nick graduated from high school in San Diego County in 1958 and continued to complete two years of college education. A Vietnam veteran, he proudly joined the U.S. Air Force in 1960, serving until 1966. Nick also spent time stationed in Japan, where he learned some of the language, which he could still remember at the end of his life.

After coming home, Nick lived in the Bay Area and spent a few years working for Warner Lambert. It was during this time he met and married Kathleen Kuntz and became stepfather to her three sons. They went on to have two daughters. In 1971 they moved to Del Norte County, shortly after which he went to the academy to become a police officer. He worked for the Crescent City Police Department from 1971 to 1992, the last 10 years as Chief of Police. After retirement from CCPD he spent many years working as a private investigator.

Throughout his professional career in Del Norte County he served on many boards and was a Rotary member.

Nick loved to spend time working on his home, especially on woodworking projects. His shed was his haven, and he would often be found there on nice days organizing, creating, planning or just listening to the radio. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he often boasted of their achievements to anyone he met.

Nick is survived by his children, daughters Susan Thiessen and her husband, Robert, and Stacy Pottorff; sons: Greg Garman, Scott Garman and his wife, Roxanne; and Tim Garman; grandchildren Kylen Pottorff and Abigail Brannon; brother Nolan Pottorff and his wife, Linda, as well as many extended family members.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Fort Dick Grange, 6820 Lake Earl Drive, Fort Dick. Nick’s remains were interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery on Feb. 12, 2018, in the presence of his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CASA of Del Norte County.

— Submitted by family