Obituary | William Clinton Porter

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William Clinton Porter

Ninety-four years is a long life, but for his family and friends who treasured his easy, fun, and engaging manner, contagious laugh, and his impactful presence in their lives, it was not long enough. Bill Porter worked in La Cañada Flintridge for 30 years as a teacher and administrator in the La Cañada Unified School District. He was a teacher at La Cañada Elementary, a counselor and a vice principal at La Cañada Junior High and a dean and interim principal at La Cañada High School. His favorite position though, was running the La Cañada Continuation School and helping “at risk” students. Many students who graduated from Continuation credited his encouragement and support for obtaining their diplomas. Mr. Porter was known by colleagues and students for his integrity and willingness to go the extra mile to help others. Prior to teaching, Mr. Porter worked for the Pasadena YMCA as Activities Director. He loved sports and working with young people. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, he moved to Pasadena, California, after serving in the U.S. Navy, joined by several close friends from Akron. While attending Pasadena City College and assisting the football coach there, he met and fell for Carolyn Chadwick whom he was married to from 1949 to 1968. They had four children who were grateful that Bill and Carolyn remained close friends. Still working for LCUSD, he moved back to Pasadena for a number of years where he met Catherine Lieber, who became his wife in 1984 and was his “angel” for the rest of his life. In 1995 they moved to Las Vegas, again joined by his life-long friends from Akron and a few from Pasadena. Forming a tight knit group, they enjoyed their retirement years together, partaking in all of their favorite activities and sports. Bill leaves behind his beloved wife of 36 years, Catherine; his children: Holly Christos, Bob Porter, Sandy DeLapp, and Cindy Faulkner and their spouses; and the mother of his children, Carolyn Porter. He had seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves a step-brother, James Porter and his wonderful in-laws, the Lieber Family. He was predeceased by his only sister, Geri Ward, and his son-in-law, Peter Christos. Bill Porter will be interred as a Veteran in a private ceremony.