2014-02-13 / Obituaries

Gary Allen Porter

Mariposa resident Gary

Allen Porter passed away peacefully in his Lushmeadows home on Jan. 30, 2014.

Gary was raised in the Huntington Beach area and after serving in the United States Navy, he began a career with the State of California working as a psychiatric technician in several of the state’s mental hospitals, working with some of the states most dangerous prisoners. Twenty-seven years ago, at age 39, Gary suffered a major heart attack. He then received the most precious gift of a heart transplant and was able to begin his new life.

Gary and his wife Marie moved to Mariposa and brought Gary’s parents to Mariposa to help them. Gary has been able to do the things he loved in Mariposa like fishing, visiting historical sites, talking to area miners and patronizing local restaurants. Gary was a member of both the Mariposa and Coulterville Odd Fellows Lodges and enjoyed the history of the Odd Fellows and the friendship of his fellow lodge members.

Gary would return to Stanford every year for a tune-up and was an inspiration to staff and fellow patients. Medical staff could see that the work they do with transplants does not just grant short extensions of life, but in Gary’s case, the ability for a man to watch both his children and grandchildren grow into adulthood. Other patients in the transplant unit saw in Gary hope and the proof that transplant patients could go on to lead full lives.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alvina Porter, brothers Steve, Paul and Leon Porter and his son and best friend, Greg Porter. Gary is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marie Porter of Mariposa, his daughter, Christina Porter McClean of Hemet, grandsons Nicholas Sudbury and Jonathan Porter of Hemet and sister Wanda Laker of McMinneville, OR. Gary will be missed by countless other family members and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the Lushmeadows Clubhouse on Feb. 22, 2014 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Heart Transplant Fund, Heart Transplant Service, Dr. Dana Weisshaar, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, 710 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95051.

Be sure to indicate”Heart Transplant Patient Fund” in the memo section of the check.

Any donations will assist transplant patients with medicatons, equipment, travel, housing and other health needs related to their medical appointments.

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