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David Porter Obituary, A retired US Navy Officer Has Died

David Porter Obituary, Death- On March 23, 2023, David Porter, 54, of Richfield, passed away in South America. The late Charles Taylor and Janet Plunk Neathery welcomed him into the world on December 9, 1968, in Rankin, Texas. Although the list of persons who were significant to him and special in his life would be endless, we wish we could list them all.

David was a very social person. For so many employees, corpsmen, and young friends, he was an incredible mentor. He frequently helped with resumes and wrote letters of recommendation. He liked seeing people develop and work toward their objectives. He urged everyone to pursue their goals, just as he had. He died while traveling through Peru’s Amazon on another adventure he had crossed off his bucket list. He joined the US Navy at the age of 17, and the crew of the USS John Marshall shared many memories of him.

The Navy Nurse Corps then gave him an officer commission. After 28 years of service, numerous deployments, travel experiences, and the acquisition of numerous close friends he regarded as family, he retired. He joined the Care in the Community branch of the VAMC in Salisbury after retiring. He had a strong commitment to ensuring that veterans received the treatment they required. Rest your oars now; David’s watch is being kept by your shipmates, fair winds and following seas.

Along with his parents, he was also predeceased by his brothers, Robert “Bobby” Porter and Bobby Taylor, as well as his stepparents, H.A. Porter, Millard “Dobber” Neathery, and Doris Taylor. In addition to his wife Laura Suzette Porter, David is survived by his son Blakely (Kala) Porter, two daughters Olivia Porter and Victoria Porter, three sisters Carol (Cem) Nasahoglu, Rene (Joe) Basham, and Kaye Dugan, four brothers Pat (Elizabeth) Porter, Harold (Sharalou) Porter, Jr., Doug Taylor, and Gary (Trish) Taylor, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

On Monday, April 17, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, the family will host visitors at Powles Staton Funeral Home. Pastor David Jones will preside over the funeral ceremony, which will begin at noon in the chapel of Powles Staton Funeral Home. Military ceremonies will be performed during burial in the Salisbury National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. The Porter family is receiving assistance from Powles Staton Funeral Home in Rockwell, an esteemed supplier of Veterans Funeral Care. You can express your condolences online at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.