Sept. 29, 1944 – Feb. 4, 2014
Porter was born in Mulberry, Arkansas on September 29, 1944, growing up in Alma and Dyer until his family moved to Richmond, CA in the 1950’s. He attended Portola Junior High and graduated from Harry Ells High School in 1962. Porter had many professions, including boilermaker/welder/operator at Standard Oil Refinery, fireman with the Kensington, CA Fire Department, mechanic, and retired builder/carpenter belonging to South Tahoe Local Carpenters Union #1789.
He loved adventure whether drag racing fast cars or on motorcycles. A true man’s man – an inspiration – and fierce lover of on- and off-road motorcycling throughout his life, he was a Lifetime Richmond Rambler, a founding member of the High Sierra Motorcycle Club, an American Motorcycle Association Charter Life Member, as well as a Life Member of El Dorado County’s Friends of the Library South Tahoe Chapter. Porter enjoyed discussing theology, handicapping, mining, and farming, and had a special fondness for vintage British motorcycles. With a passion for riding and travel adventures, there was a waiting list for Porter’s road trips, and with his big heart he had great energy and enthusiasm for anyone in need or who wanted to learn what he had to share.
A small, cherished family, Porter met his wife Monica when they were in high school. The love of her life, they were together nearly all their lives when he was taken from her. He was irreplaceable to his only child, Dani, who was raised in South Lake Tahoe, graduating from South Tahoe High, Long Beach State, and LSU.
Pre-deceased by his parents, Bud and Blanche, and brother, Buddy. Porter is survived by his wife, Monica; daughter, Dani; son-in-law Meyer Lansky II; sister, Suzanne; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins, an extensive and loving in-law family, close, life-long friends, and his dog, Beauxjangles.