John Thurman Porter I (Big John)
As in the words of John: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil for I am the meanest S.O.B. in the valley.
He passed away on February 22, 2006 after several years of declining health.
He was born to John Whitney and Ora Lee Porter in San Fernando, California on September 19, 1944.
John lived in the Payson/Pine area for the last 15 years serving the community in several ways. John played the town Santa for several years and was involved with the local J.C. chapter. John and wife Stella worked at The Wash Tub for several years and John ran a vending machine route in town. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
John dedicated the last years of his life lovingly tending to the needs of his wife of 41 years. He loved fishing, camping, spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved the mountains and all the beauty they offered. He lived his life with no remorse or regret. He had an uncanny ability to just say what was on his mind, like it or not. This was one of the characteristics that made him unique. To know him was to love him.
John is survived by his wife Stella M. Porter; daughters Stephany Lynn Sutton, Shawn René Turner, Stacy Lee Lopatesky; sons John Thurman Porter II, (again) Shawn René Turner; foster son Tony Kurcharski; sons-in-law Robert Leroy Turner and Brandon Lopatesky; daughter-in-law Patty Kurcharski. Granddaughters Jennifer, Ciarra, Shaelean, Athena, Lisa, Christina, Anna, Kendra; grandsons, Christopher, Dustin, Joshua, Jeremy, Jessy, Blake, Tyler, Brock, T.J., Michael and Joey. Great-grandchildren Vada, Kellen, Joshua, Caylah, Alysah and Athenea, Hailey and Logan (on the way). He is also survived by sister Kathy Henzel and family.
On February 22, 2006 John joined in heaven his mother and father, his sister Carol and Tiny (hope she had some potato salad ready). He also joined foster children Mitchell and Beverly. At John's request, no formal services will be held.