2004-02-19 06:58:25 UTC
Ann Cameron Potter of Park City, Utah, formerly of Cadillac
(Michigan), died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004. She was 35.
She was born Jan. 4, 1969 in Cadillac to Charles and Carol
Potter. She married Jon Root on Nov. 11, 2002 in Hanena,
Cammy attended Boston College and the University of Utah.
She was a professional snowboarder in Park City, a former
member of the United States Snowboard Team, a World Cup
winner in the Boarder Cross in Sun Peaks, Canada, a member
of the All American Boston College Ski Team and a member of
the Park City Ski Team.
Cammy spent a great amount of her life in Cadillac,
beginning her great love of skiing, racing and snow sports
on the back hills at Caberfae. We watched Cammy grow into a
delightful, beautiful young woman, a tremendous ski racer
and sent her with our love to Park City and her uncle Jim
Clifford and our friend Bob Marsh at a young age. Jim and
Bob coached Cammy to ski racing levels that brought her
significant accolades on a world stage, but more importantly
shaped her values, her courage, her determination and her
positive energy and enthusiasm.
Cammy continued her ski racing career at Boston College with
All American honors but snowboarding caught her fancy and it
was back to Park City and a spot on the U.S. Snowboarding
Team. Cammy competed at the highest level of snowboarding
competition across the globe and achieved a World Cup win in
the Boarder Cross at Sun Peaks, Canada, along with many top
finishes with excellent results throughout her career.
Cammy returned to Cadillac and opened a trendy, edgy shop on
Main Street and injected high energy into downtown. She
inspired hundreds of youngsters and young at hearts to take
to the hills at Caberfae with their boards during her stay
in Cadillac and left a legendary mark in our community.
After Cammy's first bout with breast cancer, she returned to
Park City where she met her beloved husband, Jon Root. They
married November 11 on the beach in Hawaii and returned to
their lovely home in Old Town in Park City. Cammy couldn't
have been happier than she had been in the past three years.
She lived in view of her mountains and walking distance to
the chair lift. She was snowboarding three weeks ago which
speaks to her perseverance, tenacity and pure determination.
Cammy cherished Park City, her ski hill, her friends and her
family. She was a constant presence on the hill and often
had a posse of young snowboarders following her down the
mountain, in and out of the half pipes and through the
Breast cancer took Cammy from us, she fought with courage,
spirit, spunk and fire, but as the cancer advanced and when
she could no longer snowboard, she said goodbye. She leaves
with us beautiful and inspirational memories. There will be
sadness in our collective hearts forever. Cammy filled our
lives with joy, with fervor, with energy, enthusiasm,
passion, inspiration and love.
Survivors include her husband Jon of Park City; stepsons,
Tyler and Jack Root of Salt Lake City; mother, Carol Potter
of Cadillac; father, Charles Potter of Traverse City;
brothers, Clifford Potter of London, England and Hugh (Jodi)
Potter of Lansing; grandmother, Patricia M. Clifford of
Cadillac; uncles, Jack Clifford of Gunnison, Colo., Jim
(Sue) Clifford of Park City and Jerry (Kathleen) Clifford of
Cadillac; and cousins, Nikki Clifford of Park City, Fred
Clifford of Grand Rapids, and Bridger and Trent Clifford of
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
18, 2004 at St. Mary's Church in Old Town Park City with
Father Joe Fix as celebrant.
Memorial tributes can be made to the Cammy Potter
Scholarship Fund, Zions Bank, Park City, Utah 84060.