Harvey Jerome "Jerry" Porter

Harvey “Jerry” Jerome Porter

February 17, 1935 - May 30, 2017

Harvey passed away quietly at his home surrounded by family as he wished.

Harvey was born in Brooklyn, New York He was the fourth of five children and the only son born to Harvey Arthur and Mary Ellen Porter. Harvey and his family moved to Minnesota, when he was very young. He attended Catholic High School until he moved to Silver City, Oregon, to rejoin his family and went to work on the McNary Dam. He then worked on several dam constructions until 1961 when he fell off the John Day Dam and was hospitalized. Harvey worked for several construction companies including Dale Elliot Construction and did everything from building houses and banks to bridges and decks. He was the main contractor along with several volunteers on the remodeling of the old Prairie Market into the current Eagles Lodge. He was certified to teach carpentry skills to those wanting to become journeymen. There he met Rick Jackson, one of his many students, who later became his friend and partner in his own construction company; North Central Oregon Construction.

Harvey married Maxine Ann Gurley December 18, 1954, in Hermiston Oregon. They moved to The Dalles, Oregon, and two years later moved into their current home where he lived for 61 years. Harvey and Maxine had three children; Michael, Richard and Christine.

Harvey was active in the community. He was a lifetime member of the Celilo Bowman Archery Club and was a certified instructor in archery. He was a member of the local Eagles Aerie for over 50 years serving as an officer and on various committees. He was a member of the American Legion where he enjoyed playing shuffle board as well as at the Eagles.

Harvey loved going hunting and fishing and spending time in the outdoors. Every available weekend he would load up his family and head to the woods. He enjoyed spending time with his family and teaching them about camping, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He so loved his family and it showed in everything he did and the wisdom he passed on. He would gladly give his professional advice and help to anyone who asked. He was the magnet that drew everyone together.

He retired at the age of 68 and continued to do home projects for his family and on his own home. He enjoyed going hunting and camping, even spending a month at a time in the woods. He enjoyed watching basketball; he liked all the teams but his favorite team was the Blazers.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Maxine Porter; children, Michael Porter, Richard Porter and Christine Porter Rushing; daughter-in-law, Karla Porter; son-in-law Gene Rushing; grandchildren, Katie Porter Jette, Russell Porter, Michael Ryan Porter, Jeffrey Porter, Ben Porter, Cody Rushing and Caylee Rushing; granddaughter-in-law Jessie Porter, and granddaughter-in-law Ester Porter; great-grandchildren, Gabby Jette, William Porter, Kasey Porter, Jerome Porter, Kenny Porter, Michael Dunn, Gracie Dunn, Deaglan Porter, Davin Porter; and sister Patty Hagglund.

He never gave up his love for hunting and fishing and is now free to go on a never ending hunting trip into the great outdoors.

Harvey was laid to rest in a private ceremony at Odd Fellows Cemetery.


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