Nikiski resident Casey Gordon Porter died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Sterling. He was 30.
Longtime friend Michael Vincent will conduct a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Peninsula Memorial Chapels. Porter's ashes will be scattered at Barbara Lake at his family's home in Nikiski.
Mr. Porter was born April 27, 1972, in Fallon, Nev. He was 18 months old when his family returned to Alaska. He attended high school at Nikiski where he was a good scholar, played football and won the All-State Championship in wrestling. He loved to fish and was an amiable young man with many friends, his family said.
"We all loved him dearly and will miss him always and treasure our memories," they said.
He was a passenger in a serious car accident in August 2002, suffering a broken neck and spinal injury, but he never gave up, the family said. He was attending therapy and was able to walk with a walker or a cane for a short time and distance.
"Casey was still a young man with lots of potential and dreams. He was very intent on acquiring a house and making a home for himself and children. He idolized his daughter and son and had plans to help make them happy and safe children," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Red Newman; maternal grandfather, Gordon C. Freel; aunt, Lucinda Freel; and uncle, Roy G. Freel, all of Nikiski.
He is survived by his parents, Kristie and Arthur Porter of Nikiski and Kenai; daughter, Amy Lynn Porter of Nikiski; son, Calen Casey Porter of Minnesota; grandmother, Peggy L. Freel of Nikiski; aunt, Penny Freel; cousin, Jeremy Buhr of Bend, Ore.; uncle and aunt, Brando and Lori Freel-Wik of Nikiski; great-aunt, Wanda Hanke of Lucern, Calif.; and cousin, Gary Fugit of Lucerne.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nikiski Bulldogs wrestling team at Nikiski High School.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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