Brian Keith Patrick Porter
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May 27, 1963
July 20, 2014
Brian Keith Patrick Porter, successful businessman, world class story teller, youth sports coach, Dodger fan, and proud Nevadan, died on Sunday afternoon, July 20, at Renown Hospital surrounded by his family and close friends. He was 51.
Born on May 27, 1963 in Elko to Gary and Carolyn Porter, Brian was beloved by everyone who came in contact with him and he was a man deeply devoted to his family and friends.
Brian attended Elko County schools and graduated from Elko County High School in 1981 where he was a standout athlete and, as a senior, won state championships in football, basketball and baseball. A highly touted southpaw in high school, Brian attended College of Southern Idaho on a baseball scholarship and later transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno where he pitched a season for the Wolf Pack.
Brian met his future wife Jalie Lemich on his 27th birthday in Elko at Biltoki. Two months later, Brian moved to Reno to be closer to Jalie, bought a dog and named him Jack, and began to pursue his career as a stockbroker. Brian and Jalie were married in Reno, Nevada on July 18, 1992 at St. Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church. They were a happy couple, eager to start their lives together as they headed off to honeymoon in Carmel, California.
Brian and Jalie treasured entertaining and cooking for their friends and family in their home where no one was ever a stranger. Each year in December, they would host a big party joining together old and new friends in the warm spirit of Christmas.
Brian was heavily involved in his family's Basque Invitational Golf Tournament in Elko which became the biggest two-day golf tournament in Elko each summer. He and his mom and stepfather Guy Aguirre planned the event months in advance to guarantee everyone would have a good time. Each year, Brian took great pride in carefully designing a new Basque Invitational logo.
In 1999, Brian and Jalie welcomed Thomas G Patrick Porter into their family and their world forever changed. Two years later, Maximilian John Porter joined the family and their world was perfect. Brian had the two sons he had always hoped for - Tom and Max were the light of his life.
Brian loved annual traditions and looked forward to attending spring training in Scottsdale with his brother and college friends, barbeques with the men in the Lemich family, trips to the AT&T tournament in Carmel, ski trips to Sun Valley with his high school buddies, and especially the hours spent with his sons on the golf course, the ski hill and the ballpark where he taught them to pitch and develop a deep love for the game.
Brian was well-known for regaling listeners with his clever observations which always generated rounds of laughter, and for his unique outlooks on life that often resulted in unforgettable "Porter-isms".
An avid golfer and skier, Brian was a member of Hidden Valley Country Club, Arrowcreek Country Club, and a pass holder at Mount Rose Ski Resort.
Brian was preceded in death by his father Gary James Porter, and his brother Robbie James Porter. He is survived by his wife Jalie, his sons Tom and Max, his mother Carolyn (Dennis), his brother Bret (Melissa), and numerous relatives in Elko, Idaho and Utah.
A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church in Reno on August 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
A reception celebrating Brian Porter's life will be held at the Santa Fe Basque Restaurant in Reno immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Brian Porter, donations can be made to Reno National Little League, P.O. Box 7760, Reno, Nevada 89510.
You are invited to share a memory or condolence message in the Book of Memories at the website www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street Reno, NV 89505
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from July 25 to July 30, 2014