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Obituary for John Stoker-Davis Porter

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John Stoker-Davis Porter

March 21, 1984 - July 6, 2011

John Stoker-Davis Porter returned to his Heavenly Father on July 6, 2011. During John’s lifetime his love of life and compassion for his fellow man touched the hearts of all he met. He was born on March 21, 1984, in Fresno, California, son of James William and Lori Alaine Abbott Porter. He was a 2002 graduate of Northridge High School in Layton, earned his associates degree at Weber State University, and completed additional military training and education with honors. After carefully considering all the branches of military, John enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in October 2005. He served his country honorably and was determined to go the extra mile for the US Air Force each day. He married his High School sweetheart Kelly Marie Wainscott Porter in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on May 5, 2007 where they were sealed for time and all eternity. He was a loving and dedicated husband. He had the privilege of spending ten tender years with Kelly on this earth. John was an active member of the LDS church and served a mission in Utica, New York. He played football in High School, participated in theater and was a gifted artist and craftsman. John enjoyed being physically fit and was an avid outdoorsman who had a passion for guns and target shooting. He possessed a rare quality of bringing a smile to everyone’s face; he loved, and looked after everyone. John had a love of life, took on every challenge head first, followed his own strong sense of honor, was very outgoing and engaging, curious about life, had a wry sense of humor, was loved by everyone around him, and enjoyed his life to the fullest. He was truly in a category unto himself.John is survived by his wife, Kelly Porter, parents: Bill and Lori Porter, Porter, his grandfather, Tom Porter, siblings: James Bryan “JB” (Melanie Ann) Porter, Amanda Kaye Porter (Russell John) Reeder, Emily Sara Porter and Rachel Anne Porter, his adoring nieces Sarah Alaine Porter and Katelyn Elizabeth Reeder, and a large extended family. A viewing for John will be held on Monday, July 11, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hill Air Force Base Chapel, 5711 East Ave, Hill Air Force Base, UT. John’s associates may meet the family at the Base Chapel from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. prior to services. An LDS funeral services celebrating John’s life will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar Bench Ward, 1814 East 7775 South, South Weber. Friends may meet the family prior to services from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Following the church service, the interment will take place at the Kaysville Cemetery where John will rest in peace. Military honors will be accorded. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time: 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Cedar Bench Ward


1814 East 7775 South , , South Weber, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm -

Cedar Bench Ward


1814 East 7775 South , , South Weber, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kaysville City Cemetery


498 Crestwood Drive , , , ,

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Memorial Information

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time: 10:00 am -

Hill Air Force Base Chapel


5711 East Ave , , Hill Air Force Base , UT,

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Timeline for John Stoker-Davis Porter

Born: March 21, 1984
Died: July 6, 2011

Condolences for John Stoker-Davis Porter

Casey Roberts posted on 7/18/11

I knew during the few months we ran a CrossFit program here at Hill. During that time I came to know John as a man of strength and integrity. He had a kindness that came through even as he was yelling at you to run faster. Even afterward that when I saw him at the gym he would constantly have a smile on his face. I'm not sure I ever saw him not happy. He always had a good word and a smile. I believe we have truely lost one of our best, my heart goes out to his family and friends.Sincerely,Casey Roberts


Bob and Judy Cash posted on 7/14/11

John, Lori, Kelly, and family,We are so sad to learn of your loss. Our sympathy and love go out to you along with our prayers for your comfort in such a difficult time. Sincerly, Bob and Judy Cash.


Akiro I. Davis posted on 7/13/11

I have a lot of memories of JOhnfrom my senior and only year in Northridge. Before I stepped foot in a class I stepped foot on the football field with him. He helped me a lot that year. With the rides to school, racquetball, introducing me around and getting me involved. I honestly don't thing I could have made it that year with out him. He'll be missed.


Mayla Wallace posted on 7/13/11

I always go to the gym where he works and John always have a big smile for everyone. My husband and I will going to missed him specially when we go to the gym where we use to see his smile. May you rest in peace John and Thank you for all the things you've done to the Air Force. You will be miss big time.


Karin Moore posted on 7/13/11

My condolences to John's family, friends and coworkers. I had the privilege of meeting John and watching him in action during an inspection, and he made quite an impression. My deepest sympathy on your loss.


Becky Lindsay posted on 7/12/11

I never had the chance to meet Ssgt Porter, but I must share my sympathies with you, my son is Airman goodnight and for the last several months I have heard so much about Ssgt Porter, your husband and son and brother took my child under his wing, he nurtured him,he taught him, he helped him, my son looked forward to going to the gym with Ssgt Porter, and just went to lunch with him on tuesday, I wish now I would have taken the chance to thank him for all the help he has been with Josh, and for helping Josh get ready for his deployment and I could have thanked him when he was at our home on tuesday but I didnt take that chance. I would like to thank you for sharing your husband and son and brother and let you know from a perfect stranger, the impact Ssgt Porter has had on my child and his life. I wish the best for family, I know families are forever, I hope you will have comfort in this time of loss. I dont know any of you but I have grown to love you just from the person that Ssgt Porter is, and the time he took to befreind a young airman.Love The Lindsay's


Chris Crossman posted on 7/12/11

Bill and Lori, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Chris Crossman


Tina and Jason Bryant posted on 7/12/11

I can't think of what to say, I turned 27 right after I finally got married and a whole new life for me began. Now a whole new life begins for John. I hope he is asking all the questions I just can't figure out and hugging and holding all the people in his arms that I wish I could. I have two sons of my own now and I can't even begin to imagine the difficulty of not seeing them again. My heart, tears and prayers go out to you and I wish I could be there to support in some way during this painful time. I know you are surrounded by love and even small blessings and miracles. I hope that time will go quickly and heal the pain. With all my love, Tina


Jennifer Reeves posted on 7/12/11

Bill, Lori & family and Kelly - you guys know that I've always considered your family to be my family after all of these years. You are such goo and kind people and it's always been a wonderful experience whenever I get to talk with "My Porter Family" (as I refer to you always)! John was such a good kid and was always so positive and fun to talk to. He always made everyone laugh and I always felt happier after having talked with him. Although I never had met Kelly, I can imagine how amazing she is. My heart has been so sad these past few days and although I know this isn't the end - he just had so much living left to do. I feel so fortunate to have known your family and grown close to you guys. My families thoughts and prayers are for each of you.


Lynn and Michele Merrill posted on 7/11/11

Dearest Porter family,Only those who have experienced a farewell such as this can come close to knowing the tender feelings of your grief. But for those of us who love you with all our hearts, compassion bridges the gulf and we stand beside you in mourning the loss of his light in your lives. During this sweet time of remembrance, we gratefully celebrate the life of John Porter."Why seek ye the living among the dead?"---Luke 24:5 "Why are you sad? He's right beside you." ---Penny Merrill


Chad & Beth Orton posted on 7/11/11

Dear Bill, Lori, Kelly, & Family, We are deeply saddened to learn of John"s passing. We have shared some beautiful and sacred experiences with your family and consider you as dear friends. May our Father in Heaven truly give you strength and peace at this difficult time. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you. Chad & Beth Orton Nibley 7th Ward


Corina Porter posted on 7/11/11

I was John's Admin for over 5 years, loved to hear his stories.... my favorite one was when he couldn't be any happier when Kelly his wife said yes to his proposal. The entire reserve weekend that is the only thing he could talk about.... "Yeah let's talk about work... but did you know she said yes...." He always made us laugh, Goofy, happy but always giving his best, always good at everything... always made us proud, we called him our Capt America for being who he has always been.... he will be greatly missed.... but never forgotten.....My prayers goes to you and your family... Thank you for sharing John with us.. without your support we would have never met him.God BlessCorina and Shon Porter


Larry Lemmon posted on 7/11/11

I am sorry for your loss, we know how personal and deep this is. I was a friend with John from the Air Force. I saw him regular at the Hill AFB gym where he always meet me with friendship and a smile. He is a great guy. God Bless,


Lon Jefferies posted on 7/11/11

Bill, Lori, Kelly, and Family,My thoughts and prayers again go out to you. I never had the pleasure to meet John, but from the stories I heard and from his photo it is clear that he was full of life and capable of lifting the room everywhere he went. Of course, please let me know if I can help in any way. Lon


Traci Jackson posted on 7/11/11

JB and family,I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you at this very difficult time. John was a great guy and will be missed.


Terry and Feline Horne posted on 7/11/11

Our thoughts are with you at this time of profound sorrow. Be assured that your tears are not unnoticed by the Creator of life. Although your deep pain will not easily disappear, praying to God will bring comfort to you as you grieve. The Bible tells us that God is "healing the broken-hearted ones, and is binding up their painful spot". God promises to comfort us in all our tribulations and He will comfort you at this most difficult time.


Alison Looney Swillinger posted on 7/11/11

Bill and Lori - I am so sorry to hear of your son's death. I imagine there is no pain more far-reaching and deeper than losing a child. My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time.Alison Looney Swillinger


David and Mary Beth posted on 7/11/11

Time with family and friends is so precious. Wondertul and loving memories gives strength when the loss is great. That's what gets you through. We are so sorry that your time with John has come to such and abrupt end. We hope the flame from our candle gives comfort in the fact that you are not alone.


John & Lesley Jackman posted on 7/11/11

Bill, Lorie & Family:We are so saddened to hear of your loss. we understand what you are going through, having lost our two oldest sons 12 years ago. it is an unimaginably difficult experience, however, our faith in the eternal nature of the family and in our opportunity to be reunited with our loved ones after we pass from this life will help us get through it. Time does help also. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.John and Lesley Jackman


Chris Valencia posted on 7/11/11

My thoughts and prayers go out to Kelly and to Johns family. He was a great person and I am glad I had a chance to to know him.


Russ and Debbie Larson posted on 7/11/11

Lori and Bill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.


Alfredo Bohorquez & Family posted on 7/11/11

Bill / Lori we are so sorry for this lost. It is always to see lovely people leave but is even worse when those departures are so young. We will have John and you in our prays.Alfredo & Maria Bohorquez


Eric & Amy Anderson posted on 7/11/11

We knew John from working with him at Hill. I worked with him while interning there and Eric knew him when John would pick up vehicles for Drill weekends.(Eric worked in vehicle ops) Mostly we knew him from the Fitness Center and he always had a smile on his face and loved to joke around. Never saw him upset. You couldn't help but smile when he was around. His presence will dearly missed.


Kevin and Sheila Kassner posted on 7/10/11

Dear Porter Family,Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with each of you in this sorrowful time. We know that John made a positive and lasting impact with all those he crossed paths. It is truly a testament to your wonderful family.Love, Sheila and Kevin Kassner


Mike Maughan posted on 7/10/11

I served in the New York Utica Mission with John and remember well the day he arrived. He was a good man and I am grateful to have known him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


Steve & Marilyn Black posted on 7/10/11

No one can ever know the hurt and sarrow that the whole family must be feeling. Just know that Marilyn and I hold all of you deep in our hearts.


Sandra Wagner Bailey posted on 7/10/11

Dear Bill and Lori, So sorry to hear about your loss may god bless you and keep you, you are in our thoughts and prayers.Words cant say how we are feeling for you at this time...Love you.Harold and Donna Wagner,Sharon and Scott Lynch, Sam and Sandra Wagner Bailey and our families.....


LeahNora Abbott Sampson posted on 7/10/11

Dear Lori and Bill,I am very sad to hear of the loss of your son. I lost my daughter Mary Anne in 2007. It is so sad when our children leave us too early. As you are, I am grateful for the restored gospel that assures us of a reunion with those who have passed on before us. My prayers are with you and your family. Aunt Nora


Luca and Tracy Rigo posted on 7/10/11

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.