In Memory of Denis Potts


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Denis Potts

Our loving son and brother departed this life on 11/16/2011 at the age of 26. Denis was loved greatly by so many people. His big heart and kind spirit touched many lives during his short time with us. He was a lover of the outdoors and was happiest when he was in the woods and on the water, kayaking, spelunking, swimming, backpacking, biking and snowboarding, and spent many happy days on the river near his family's home.

He was passionate about local organic farming and food supply sustainability. He had recently completed an internship at Millsap Farm where he loved to get his hands dirty, bring life from the soil, and grow food to nourish his community. There, and elsewhere, he is remembered as analytical, intelligent, diligent and a true friend.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ralph and Eileen Galloway, grandfather Charles W. Potts, uncle Denis W. Galloway, and is survived by his parents Keith and Nena Potts, sister Sara Potts, grandmothers Alice L. Potts and Melba Galloway, aunts and uncles Mike and Brenda Goodwin, Diane Galloway and Joe Blondheim, and cousins Jeff Goodwin, Jennifer Moore, and numerous other relatives and friends who will miss him tremendously.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30pm on Saturday, November 26 in Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Visitation will be at the Chapel on the day of the memorial starting at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition's CRAFT internship program at

Published in the News-Leader from November 20 to November 23, 2011

I remember Denis with great affection. 

He helped us with the footings and the utility trench on some of the hottest, most brutal days of mid July, 2011.  He worked hard and he was a great companion on the job.   I’m happy there is a little bit of him in our project.

When Denis and my son David were growing up, they spent a lot of time together, hiking, in school and in sports.  So when Denis offered to take time from his job as an organic farmer to help us, I was more than happy to accept.  We had great conversations about sustainable farming and he seemed wise beyond his years. 

I am very sad at his passing and I hope we can take some of his wisdom, humor and kindness and make it grow on our little farm.  

With love, Dan Chiles.

Here’s pictures of Denis, with my son, David.