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Richard Bowmand Porter

Richard Bowmand Porter
  • November 11, 1929 - December 22, 2016
  • Boise, Idaho

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Funeral service for Richard (Dick) B. Porter, 87, of Boise Idaho will be held at 11:00am January 12, 2017 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Boise. Burial will be at Cloverdale Memorial Park under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Dick was born November 11, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan to Robert and Dorothy Porter and passed away on December 22, 2016. He grew up in Spokane and spent summers at Coeur d'Alene Lake. Upon graduating from Gonzaga Prep, he attended Stanford University where he graduated as a commissioned naval officer. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in June 1954 after receiving the United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Korean Service Medal. He remained active in the Naval Reserves until 1966. After the Navy, Dick joined his father at the Porter Brothers Corporation, mining for strategic minerals in the areas of Lowman and Bear Valley.

On August 25, 1952 Dick married his high school sweetheart, Jean E. Stanton in Spokane. In 1954 they moved to Boise. They were married 50 years before she passed away in 2002. Together they raised six active boys. Dick found love and companionship with Mary Lou Gentles and they were married on May 4, 2011.

Some of Dick's interests included game bird hunting, golfing particularly at Borrego Springs CA, rowing his one-man shell on Coeur d'Alene Lake, and watching the Boise State football team as a long-term fan. He was involved with the Pacific Northwest Ski Association where he served as President. Dick and Jean were known for having an open door to their home and friends were always welcome. He was known for his integrity, generosity and quiet strength. Everyone in his family knew without a doubt he loved them dearly.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy Porter, his wife Jean and his son Mark. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou, his brother Bob Porter (Adrien) of Afton, MN and his five sons, Rick (Nan) of Homer, AK, David (Carol) of Woodinville, WA, Andy (Claudia) of Mead, WA, Mike (Janey) of Lewiston, ID and Jack (Carol) of Lewiston, ID; 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren along with Mary Lou's children and grandchildren.

The Porter family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the caregivers at the Veteran's Home of Boise.

Because Dick held education in high regard, memorial donations may be given to Bishop Kelly Foundation.