Donald Stephen Porter

Donald Stephen Porter, age 64, died July 8, 2021, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., due to a massive stroke. Graveside services were held on July 17 at Mountain View Cemetery in Shelby.

Porter was born Oct. 20, 1956, in Havre, Mont. He attended schools in Shelby, Havre and Willow Creek, Mont., and Hughenden, Alta. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, where he served aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger. He was the crew chief in charge of a unit that fused bombs and loaded them on aircraft. His six years in the Navy allowed him to indulge his adventurous spirit and see most of the world, including Australia, the Philippines and Japan. In 1978, he marred Maria Revilla Valdez and this union resulted in one son.

After he left the Navy, he traveled throughout the states and worked a variety of jobs. Porter had a knack for languages, including sign language. He was good at almost any job he took on, but he had a restless spirit and found it difficult to settle in one place. However, he always came back to Montana, where he spent his last years. His hobby was woodworking and he made many mementos, mostly name plates and signs, for friends and relatives. 

Porter is survived by his son, Kevin Porter (Som), of Seattle, Wash.; mother, Dolores Porter, of Manhattan, Mont.; sister, Lynne Jensen of Belgrade, Mont.; brothers, Ron (Jeanne) Fairhurst, of Sunburst, Mont., and Jay Porter of Manhattan, Mont.; three nieces, Maggie Fairhurst of Medford, Ore., Shannon (Marvin) Mamangun and Denya (Charlie) Jacobs, both of Belgrade, Mont.; one nephew, Fred (Darcy) Fairhurst, of Sunburst; and his faithful dog, Jethro.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard J. Porter; brother, Howard Thomas Porter; uncle, Orrin “Speck” Porter; aunt, Mary Travis; and both maternal and paternal grandparents.