Vergean Porter, 91, lifelong resident of Escalante passed away May 22, 2018 in Cedar City resulting from a 7-month illness. He was born at home in Escalante to Roland and Mina Haws Porter on November 23, 1926. He married Carolyn Spencer on September 21, 1948 in Salt Lake City. They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary this year.
He was the 5th of 8 children: 4 girls and 4 boys. He talked often of his childhood and his fond memories of his parents and siblings. He grew up and lived most of his life in his beloved Escalante. He loved spending time outdoors working and enjoying the beauties of the surroundings. A job was never too big for him to tackle. He worked hard to provide for his wife and family retiring from Garfield County School District, U.S. Forest Service, and working at the Glen Canyon Dam.
Vergean was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the bishopric and priesthood quorums. He and his family were sealed in the St. George Temple on June 14, 1963.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy on the Aircraft Carrier SAVO Island in the South Pacific. He honored his country and was proud to serve.
Favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, farming and riding the mountain roads. He was always looking for the one big tree to cut down to provide wood to keep his home and family warm. He was a talented craftsman and family and friends are the recipients of many keepsakes.
A void is felt already. We will miss you Dad. We felt your strength and love on earth and know you are continuing to watch over us.
Vergean is survived by his loving wife Carolyn; children: Vergeania Davenport, Kevin Lynn (Shelly) Porter, Slone Dee (Veralynn) Porter, and Clint V. (Gaylee) Porter; 23 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; siblings: Bobbie Lynn (Sandra) Porter and Yoland McInelly.
Preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Velma Boulter, Marie Griffin, Maxine Horrocks; brothers: Roland Haws Porter, Merrill Dee Porter; son-in-law, Darryl K Davenport; great-granddaughters: Karah Lynn Gale and Claire Porter.
The family would like to thank those who cared for Dad the last several months: Bella Terra Care Center, Horizon Home Health and our family and friends who never ceased to be concerned. Thank you.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Escalante 2nd Ward Chapel, where friends may call from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Escalante Cemetery with military rites by the Escalante American Legion Post #0114 and Navy Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com