Blaine R. Porter
1922 ~ 2015

Blaine R. Porter died at home August 4, 2015 in Provo, Utah. Born on February 24, 1922, to Brigham Ernest and Edna Lizette Porter, he grew up in Morgan, Utah. During WWII he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, while serving, he was selected to train with the Royal Air Force as well. He was assigned as a flight instructor where he discovered, and developed his passion for teaching.

He met, fell in love with, and married Elizabeth Maud Taylor in the Salt Lake Temple in 1943. They had four children together. After World War II, he resumed his studies and received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Brigham Young University, and his Ph.D from Cornell University. He joined the faculty at Iowa State University and later accepted a position as Chairman of the Department of Human Development and Family Relations at BYU. In 1963, he was selected by the BYU student body as Professor of the Year. Later that year, his first wife, Betty, passed on.

He was a Visiting Professor and Fulbright Research Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London. He then returned to BYU as Dean of the College of Family Living.

In 1975, he married Barbara Edda Duessler (deceased) in the Salt Lake Temple, and adopted her daughter. In 1980, he became the first University Professor at BYU, teaching and writing until his retirement in 1987.

In 1988, he married Myrna Katherine Kennedy in the Salt Lake Temple. They have been inseparable for more than a quarter of a century, engaging in good works. They established Families for Children International, a non-profit organization aiding children in Ghana. Together, they have supported humanitarian efforts in Europe and Latin America.

Blaine’s life truly embodied a unique blend of religious faith, intellectual rigor, character and service to others. He was a true disciple of Christ. His contagious optimism and sense of humor touched all those who had the privilege to know him.

He is survived by his wife Katherine: children, Claudia Jackson (Ralph), Roger Porter (Ann), David Porter (Lorrie), Patti Hintze (Paul), Corinna Porter. Step-children Shellie Drage, Tamera Morrison (Steven), Jeffery Andersen (Laurie), Eric Andersen (Patti), Amy Borland (John), Leisha Arveseth (Mike). 55 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 10, 2015, at 11:00 am at the Oak Hills LDS Stake Center Chapel, 965 East North Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Oak Hills Stake Center Chapel and also at an additional viewing on Monday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment will take place in the Provo City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the “Blaine R. Porter Memorial Fund” Brigham Young University, P.O. Box 27188, Provo, Utah 84602

 

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