David M. Porter


On Sunday, September 20, 2020 David Michael Porter, age 51, passed away after a year long battle with cancer. He went to join his amazing sister, Phyllis Ann Porter and father, Oscar Junior Porter in the next chapter of life.

Dave enjoyed Geocaching, Munzee and Flagstack. He also enjoyed finding and playing new games and always had a twist to keep things new and exciting. He was a supportive uncle and it was very important to him to have a positive impact on the lives of his nephews, Justin Trotter and John Rose.  Dave always supported them in whatever interests they had, whether it was attending Friday night football games to watch John participate in band, helping learn card magic, teaching and attending chess events with Justin or playing disk golf, to name a few.

During his time on earth, he touched so many lives and left a lasting impact on those who knew him. He had a great group of childhood friends that he leaves behind, Matt, Ricky, Randy, Josh, Jay and Lou, which he enjoyed getting together to play cards with, fantasy football, as well as taking many adventurous excursions throughout the years.

Dave’s most recent employment was with Veterans Affairs and lastly with DFAS. He raved about the people he worked with and was so thankful for the support and flexibility during his cancer treatment. He was most proud of his time teaching English and living abroad in China and South Korea helping students learn with a creative approach. He spent many years as a volunteer flag football coach with the local recreation center.

In addition to his nephews and friends, he leaves behind a grieving sister, Tammy Porter, and mother, Doris Porter. His sister was able to spend his last days around the clock with him and in his final hours, with all the breath and energy he had, repeated over and over to her, I love you SO much.

Dave fought hard and did whatever the Dr.s said to do to try to cure his cancer. He was still making future plans and thought he had more time.

Dave was a private person and requested to be cremated and to have a private ceremony at a later date to bury his ashes near a tree at the Grand Canyon.

In remembrance of Dave, he would want you to leave a positive footprint wherever you go. Always leave someone feeling better than they did before talking to you. Focus on other’s strengths and give praise and recognition when deserved.

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  1. Julie Jindra says:

    Dave, it was an honor and pleasure to have worked with you at VA during my first year. Your kind, patient and always cheerful demeanor were exactly what I needed to help me in a new career. I’ll always remember our great conversations about being former ESL teachers, recommending restaurants to try out, and trying to handle the stress of the job with a smile. I will really miss you, my friend.

  2. Dottie Adkins says:

    So sorry for your loss ,I was so glad to meet David when he visited a very nice happy young Man,he leaves this world in body but his spirit lives on to be absent from body is to be present with the lord.prayers for all and may God reach those thro his battle to be a better person,as David would want,Love you r family and God bless them.

  3. Mike Hoskins says:

    RIP to my cousin Dave… glad he got to experience life as he did, passionate about sports, loved helping kids, and filled with crazy stories and education about the other C town. Didn’t get to see him much, but he made time fun when we did hang out. Playing video games upstairs at the duplex, tossing the football underneath the canopy of trees out front in the street, walking the Arlington Cemetery in D.C. etc. He loved history, knew more than I think he led on sometimes, all around great guy. They say the good die young. Til our spirits meet again, so we can continue to talk about your travels and I get to share some of mine.

  4. Susan Hayes and Brian Kuder says:

    What a beautiful testament to Dave. It brought me to tears. We are so very sorry for your terrible loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. John Rose says:

    The best uncle anyone could ever ask for It doesn’t feel real that he’s gone, he taught me so much about the world I never knew and helped me experience so many cool things. Love you man hopefully we’ll meet again someday.