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Roger Peter Porter

October 18, 1931 — March 30, 2023


Roger Peter Porter, our father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend passed away on March 30, 2023 in the care of his daughter, Jolaine Dawn Porter-Slemboski, and son-in-law, James Edward Slemboski. 

Roger, the second  of three children, was born on October 18, 1931 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Peter Porter, Jr., and Cecelia Mae Rogers. He and his family moved shortly thereafter to Steubenville, Ohio where he spent his childhood and formative years. 

Roger attended college at Ohio State University, Long Beach City College, and the University of Southern California. Additionally, he served briefly in the U.S. Army as a Private in a tank division.

Fueled by determination, Roger decided to move to California in the early 1960’s to start his business in building design. He set up his first office in a garage in Long Beach, California utilizing a homemade plywood drafting table, a T-square, and a mechanical pencil. He began by accepting small room additions. His reputation rapidly grew as more projects were undertaken and his business flourished into a successful career. He received his American Institute of Architects designation (AIA) in 1977. It is estimated that he has designed over 1,300  residences and buildings in Long Beach, California. He was known for his stellar work ethic and continued working until age 91. He especially enjoyed mentoring people who expressed an interest in architecture. A majority of these newcomers to design were people who emigrated from countries like Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Poland. He recognized and rewarded their eagerness to learn and perseverance.

Roger enjoyed traveling throughout the world, expanding his interest in photography, and competing in numerous tennis tournaments. He was the recipient of many tennis awards and trophies. 

Roger was a beloved father to his daughter, Jolaine. Together, they enjoyed outings to the park, road trips, cooking in the kitchen, dancing lessons, and tennis. Jolaine loved hearing her father’s creative stories illustrated with drawings. Under his guidance, quiet moments were  enjoyed observing nature in detail. Their frequent trips to the ocean were among their most cherished memories.

Roger is preceded in death by his brother, Robert "Lee" Porter, and his granddaughter, Nila Christine Garner.

Roger is survived by his daughter, Jolaine Dawn Porter-Slemboski (James), grandsons, Russell Thomas Garner (Ashley), and Joseph William Garner,  great granddaughter, Jocelyn Rochelle Garner, former wife and extended family, Helen Marie Maas, Bryan Elhardt (Lynne), Jesse Elhardt, and Jade Elhardt. 

A private service will be conducted by his family. Condolences can be sent to 553 W. Palo Verde Way, Ivins, Utah 84738

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