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Larry Ralph Porter

08/17/1944 - 04/12/2023


Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Larry Ralph Porter, age 78, passed away suddenly at home on April 12, 2023. Born August 17, 1944 to Ralph H. and Helen F. Porter in Ashland, KY, he moved to Ohio, then Utah, and spent his last 40 years in Mesa, AZ.

Larry was a journeyman machinist and at one time owned an auto body shop. As a machinist, he machined a part for the Apollo program on the rocket that traveled to the moon.

Larry was a family man who adored nature and Mother Earth. He loved camping, hiking, fishing, hunting (he called it “camping with a gun”) and anything with a motor. He kept many recreational vehicles running so his family could play endlessly in nature’s playground. He held a special interest in aircraft and took his family to the Reno Air Races for years.

Missing Larry are his wife of 60 years, Linda (Hill) Porter, his children Michelle Porter, Melissa Cordovana (Joseph), and Sean Porter (Janet). His adoring grandchildren, Joseph Cordovana, Meghann Cordovana, Zachary Porter, and Jacob Porter will all miss him so much. He is also survived by his sister, Ina George.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Carol Murray and Marilyn Carson, and a baby brother, Alva Porter.

Larry will be cremated and no funeral service will be held, per his request. A celebration of his life will be held this summer.


  • Shelly Porter

    Best dad, ever. Ever.

  • Kim Jacobsen Player

    Beautiful tribute to your dad, Shelly. I can feel his personality and passion through the words. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, your mom, and your family as you are missing him so much.

  • Lisa (Porter) Cordovana

    You will always be my hero, Dad. Our ship has lost its captain, but we are trying to find our way.

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