1922 ~ 2015
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
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