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William "Bill" Andrew Porter

William “Bill” Andrew Porter, 55, died June 8 as a result of a farm accident. Bill was born Sept. 29, 1950, in Grand Junction, to Barton and Martha (Lancaster) Porter and was raised on the Porter Ranch in New Castle. He attended school in New Castle and graduated from Rifle High School. He first attended CSU, then graduated from Western State. Bill married Della Dawson in 1968. Out of college, Bill and wife Della began stacking hay and then custom haying, which Bill continued for a number of years. As a loving father of Alan, Paula and Cheryl, Bill coached their peewee basketball team and attended 4-H and county fair events. He also loved to watch all high school sports. After selling their place on Divide Creek, Bill moved to the family ranch on Alkali Creek, where, as the fifth generation, he dedicated the rest of his life to the ranch. He married Marla Porter in 1997, and together they worked to improve the ranch. Bill was always looking towards the future and making improvements to the ranch, including implementing an intensive grazing program which increased the stocking rate. He also enjoyed teaching his grandchildren about the water, hay and cattle.Bill was continuously clearing land and exercising the foresight of the generations before him, using water to improve the land. With more cleared land came the need for more water, which led to the enlargement of the Porter Reservoir several years ago. To his grandchildren, Bill was “Ponca.” Together they enjoyed the trips to the Delta cattle sale and rides on the equipment, especially the track hoe. His love and enjoyment of water was shared with his grandchildren, as they changed sprinklers and rode the 4-wheeler together to irrigate.Survivors include his wife, Marla; mother; brothers Dan (Margie) Porter of DeBeque, Eric (Marilyn) Porter of Imnaha, Ore., and Terry (Elizabeth) Porter of New Castle; son Alan (Joy) Porter of New Castle; daughters Paula (Rodger) Kuhn of Lena, Ill., and Cheryl (Trent) Snyder of Montrose; Marla’s children Shane, Maria (Duke) Ramthun, Josh, Shana and Thad, and many others in his extended family and numerous friends. The joy of Bill’s life were his grandchildren: Danika, Michael, Sabrina, Jacob, Billet, Hartleigh, Aceleigh, Blake, Bo, Brent, Brooke, Shaye, Jack, Kate, April and Lauren. He is preceded in death by his father, and brothers Mike and Alan Porter. Services will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the Porter Reservoir. Please allow at least 45 minutes to travel to the reservoir from the New Castle exit 105 south of the river.Interment will be held at the Porter Cemetery. Dinner will follow the service.


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