Casey Gordon Porter
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
Source: Peninsula Clarion, January 14, 2003