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Lewis L. Porter(1941 - 2012)

Lewis L. Porter, 71, of Palm Springs (PS), passed away peacefully on November 5, 2012 at his home surrounded by family and friends after a sudden struggle with cancer. Born in Santa Monica on August 2, 1941 to Frank H. and Jeannette Porter, he graduated from Culver City High School at age 16, received a BA from Sterling College in Kansas and later a MA from US International University in San Diego. Lewis lived an adventuresome younger life by spending seven years as a Teacher/Principal at a school in Ebolowa, Cameroon and three years as a school Principal in Iran. After traveling extensively in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, he returned to teach in San Francisco and start a career as a real estate broker in Guerneville and San Diego. In 1986, Lewis returned to his father's Coachella Valley family roots and to live closer to his cousins, Dr. Steven Niethamer and Ann Adler. His last 26 years were spent in Palm Springs first by teaching primarily at the PS Adult School and then, in 2003, retiring to spend more time with real estate investments and travel. He is survived by his closest family members; his cousin Dr. Steven Niethamer, Steve's wife Bounthom, their son James and daughter Natasha who was Lewis' favorite. He will be especially missed by his best friends and companions, Jallen Ricks and Mark Hollenstein. Lewis has many other cousins, nieces and nephews and good friends who will remember him as a lovely man who was always ready to share his respected opinions on politics, home décor or social change. He was proud of his positive influences on many lives as a teacher in Africa and at PS's Adult School where he tried to teach his students not only what to learn but how to learn. He was also active for years in PS's GLSEN movement. Family and friends will celebrate his life at his PS home on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11:00 am. For more information, please call (760) 861-3875. Lewis loved flowers but the family suggests that, in lieu of sending flowers, gifts in his memory should be made to the Living Desert's African exhibit.


Published in The Desert Sun from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2012
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