Memorial service for Erwin Potts set for Friday

Erwin Potts
Erwin Potts The Sacramento Bee

A memorial service for Erwin Potts, former chairman of McClatchy Newspapers’ board of directors, will be held at noon Friday at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, in El Dorado Hills.

Potts’ family announced that he died May 18 of a heart attack at his home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He was 85.

Potts joined Sacramento-based McClatchy in 1975 as director of newspaper operations and retired in 1996 as chairman of the board of directors. He is credited with expanding McClatchy from a group of largely California-based newspapers to one of the nation’s major newspaper companies.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to a charity Potts and his wife, Silvia, have supported in recent years, the Los Cabos Children’s Kitchen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Donations can be made on the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation website, www.loscaboschildren.org/contact.

Alternatively, donations may be made to the the Bryan Potts Scholarship Fund at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists, or the Erwin Potts Scholarship for Latino Journalists at the University of North Carolina.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy