Allan Roye ‘Montana Al’ Potter

Allan Roye “Montana Al” Potter, 78, of Clyde Park, passed away at his home with his wife and son at his side. A celebration of Al’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at “The Music Barn” on his property, 1822 Highway 89 North, Clyde Park, MT 59018. We will have a jam session, potluck and BYBO celebration.

Al was born on April 23, 1938 in Missoula, Montana, to Edward and Hazel Potter. He and the family moved to Everett, Washington, when he was 18. He worked odd jobs as a security guard, window washer and a musician. At 25 Al joined the Everett

Fire Department. He served faithfully for 26 and a half years. During that time he was married and blessed with two daughters, Jodi and Lisa. He was later married to Cheryl Lilienthal on July 8, 1979, and they were blessed with a son, Lonnie.
Following Al’s retirement he and Cheryl moved to Helena, when they purchased a bar to operate together. They ran Montana Al’s Silver City Bar, for the next 12 years. After that they retired to the Shields Valley, where they purchased their home and have resided for the past 14 years.

Al was a man of many talents. His passion was always music and in particular, guitars. He played guitar, fixed guitars, tuned guitars, built guitars and collected guitars. His other gifts were woodworking, carpentry, crafting and art.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Cheryl; children: daughter Jodi (Marvin) Huguenin, of Lake Goodwin, Washington, daughter Lisa Paulsen, of Aberdeen, Washington, and son Lonnie Potter of Helena, Montana; grandchildren Michelle, Robyn, Chad, Andrew, Tyler and Zachary; great-granddaughters Samantha and Paisley; and siblings Beverly, Cleve, Melba, Steve and Kevin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Hazel Potter, and a sister, Edna.

Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be shared at