George 'Vernon' Porter


Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2007



Longtime Alaskan George "Vernon" Porter died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 of cancer, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Soldotna. He was 66.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 at the Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11, 36081 Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. For further information contact (907) 262-1085.

Mr. Porter was born June 25, 1941 in National City, Calif. He was retired from the Carpenters Union and a volunteer with the Air National Guard. During the 1960s and '70s you could usually find Mr. Porter at Eureka Lodge at Mile 109 of the Glenn Highway, owned by his parents, Frank and Lucille Porter.

The Alaska dream came true for Mr. Porter. He was an avid hunter, trapper, pilot and fisherman. He flew supplies for Jerry Mercer during the Iditarod. As a devoted hunter her was known to hunt throughout Alaska and the Lower 48. Being a licensed hunting guide gave him a more intimate understanding of people and of the extent of our Alaska resources. His hunting, fishing and flying adventures have brought many a good laugh while sitting around his table having coffee. Mr. Porter was known for his open-door policy at his home and would never allow anyone to leave hungry. He was also known to write his opinions to the Governor (whichever one was in office at the time).

Mr. Porter was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Nora Ripley.

He is survived by his son Phillip Porter, and daughter, Tina Porter, of Soldotna, son Virgil Porter of San Francisco; sisters and brothers-in-law, Francis and Charles Wellong and Linda and Dale Bostrack of Virginia; many nieces and nephews inside and outside of Alaska; grandchildren, Robin, Shareen, Holly, William and Christian; great-grandchildren, Robert, Micah, Blaze, Kyrie and Karma; and his extended family that continues to grow each year.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Porter's memory to the Al Aska Shrine, 1930 East Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99508.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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