Rex R. Porter passed away at his home in Mountain View, on Wednesday, Oct. 27. He was born Jan. 10, 1945, to Golden “Dutch” and Glenna Rich Porter in Ogden, Utah. Rex was the fourth of six children.
Rex married Susan Jo Ledbetter on Dec. 15, 1973, in Elko, Nevada. The marriage was latter solemnized in the Ogden LDS Temple.
Rex spent his youth in Morgan, Utah. He learned early to work and play hard. His family had a sheep and mink business along with his uncles. He spent his summers supplying sheep camps, docking lambs and watering the mink.
He had plenty of time to be mischievous. Many are the stories he told of his youthful escapades. He attended Morgan High School where he played basketball and football, graduating in 1963. Rex graduated from Weber State University with a degree in business management/accounting. During that time, he worked many jobs — from pumping gas to working the kill floor in a sheep meat packing plant — and, at times, leaving school to help with the family sheep business.
He served in the Utah National Guard from 1967-1971. After college, he was employed by Walker Bank in Salt Lake City, as a loan officer. When his dad had a heart attack, he left the bank to run the Porter Bros. sheep business, which he ran until 1978. This was the job he truly loved. The transition from Porter Bros. took him from Utah to California to Bridger Valley. He spent the next few years working in the sheep and cattle industry along with other jobs in the oil field and highway construction until he was able to start his own business selling used cars and building vinyl fence.
Rex loved living in Mountain View, where he could have his children and grandkids come and have a project to work on or play in the “Porter” pond. He enjoyed following them to any event they were participating in. When he became too weak to make it to a game or activity, the grandkids had to give him a report. He enjoyed playing in pool tournaments or golfing. He enjoyed the many people he was able to associate with. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and thoroughly enjoyed being of service to the people he came in contact with through his callings — especially with the youth.
Rex is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Jamie (Kyle) Eyre of Afton; son, Jake (Chary Young) Porter of Mountain View; eight grandchildren, Kenadee, Ashtyn, Avrie and Ethan Eyre; Paytan, Sam, Halle and Charlee Porter; two sisters, Gwen Francis and Joanne (Errol) Nelson of Morgan, Utah; one brother, Dick (Susan) Porter of Pleasant Grove, Utah; a brother-in-law, Stewart Murdock of Roy, Utah; as well as, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dutch and Glenna Porter; a sister, Connie Murdock; a brother, Danny Porter; and a brother-in-law, George Francis.
A special thanks to Mary Reinholz and Cowboy Cares Home Health for their caring assistance.
Viewing and funeral services will be held at the Mountain View building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 116 4th Street, Mountain View. Viewings were held from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, and from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1. The funeral was at 11 a.m., with the interment at the Millburne Cemetery following.