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David "Dave" Porter

February 05, 1951 - February 26, 2019

Funeral Service - Saturday with visitation one hour prior

March 02, 2019
- 1:00pm

First Lutheran Church - Hunter

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Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro

David "Dave" Porter

February 05, 1951 - February 26, 2019

Obituary

Dave Porter passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 26, at his home in Fargo after many years with Parkinson’s disease. He was 68 years old. He was loved and will be missed by many.

David Robert Porter was born in Fargo on February 5, 1951. He grew up on the family farm in Bohnsack Township between Hunter and Grandin. He graduated from Dakota High School in 1969 and attended North Dakota State University, earning a degree in Mechanized Agriculture in 1973. A lifelong Bison football fan has was a season ticket-holder for more than 40 years.

After graduating, he worked several years in Sydney, Montana, Torrington, Wyoming, and Wahpeton, North Dakota as a field rep for Holly Sugar and Minn-Dakota Cooperative. He also earned his private pilot’s license to assist in travel; and made many friends in those communities.

In 1980 Dave returned to the Porter family farm, partnering with his parents Bob and Dolores, raising sugar beets and wheat. Short and Sweet Farms has been a very successful family farming business for nearly 40 years due to the innovation and hard work of Bob, Dolores, and Dave; and continued by Dave and Dolores after Bob’s death in 1998–with the assistance of Frank Kartes. Dave was a very dedicated farmer who truly loved being in the field aboard one of his many John Deeres. In 2014 Dave received the top grower award in his sugar beet growers group.
In addition to being a dedicated farmer, Dave was a fun-loving guy who enjoyed his time between harvest and spring planting. He and Bob sold and raced Chaparral snowmobiles in the mid 1970’s. An excellent shot as a goose hunter, he enjoyed many hunting trips to northern North Dakota. A fearless downhill skier, he took many memorable annual trips west to the mountains of Colorado and Utah with college friends, his sister Bonnie, and brother-in-law Scott. He also enjoyed many summer weekends at the Pinehurst Resort on Twin Lakes near Mahnomen¬–pulling skiers on his speed boat, fishing for northerns, and sipping a brandy soda at the bar while looking for a winner from the pull tab jar. The 4th of July holidays at Pinehurst were family traditions for nearly 25 years and Dave could always be counted on to bring an impressive truck load of fireworks!

“Uncle Dave” will always be fondly remembered by his nephew Ian and niece Annie–his teasing when they were little; his generosity when they were older; his sense of humor; his fireworks; and his remarkable work on 30-year-old “vintage” Chaparrals, getting them running for at least a few hours of memorable rides across the frozen fields and coulees of Bohnsack Township at Christmas.

Dave will be missed and remembered by loved ones: His mother Dolores; sister Bonnie Nelson and brother-in-law Scott Nelson (Edina, MN); nephew Ian Nelson (Portland, OR); niece Annie Nelson and her fiancé, Tommy Grogan, (Chicago, IL); cousin Jane Porter (Fargo ND); and close friend and farming colleague Frank Kartes (Hillsboro ND).

In Lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Hunter Lutheran Church or Parkinson’s Foundation.

Funeral Service: 1 PM Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Hunter, ND – with visitation one hour prior to the service
Burial will take place at a later date at the Hunter City Cemetery

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11 responses to “David Porter”

  1. Kathy Downs says:

    Delores, Bonnie & Family— Chuck & I send our deepest sympathy to you all. Dave will certainly be missed by many. Please know that you are all in our thoughts, hearts & prayers.

  2. Kirk and Julie says:

    Always loved hearing those stories about Dave taking Ian and Annie out on the snow mobiles at Christmas. He had such fun with them! He will be missed by friends and his family. Rest in peace, Dave.

  3. Terry Scherling says:

    Dear Delores, Bonnie, Scott, Ian and Annie and Porter family, I am so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. In addition to fixing the vintage snowmobiles, as I recall, Dave had a passion for vintage corvettes as well. My sincere condolences. You will be in my prayers.

  4. Bernadette M Hunter says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. This is sad to me and wish I could have seen Dave in these many years. Much sympathy to Delores and Bonnie and all the people who love and were close to Dave.
    All my prayers, Bernadette

  5. Dave McSparron says:

    Delores, Bonnie and family. My deepest sympathies for your loss. I’m sorry I’m unable to be at Saturdays service. Prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  6. Pat McLean says:

    Dolores, Bonnie and family,
    We are so saddened to hear about our friend Dave. What a wonderful man. We are still enroute
    from down south, so our hugs will come later. His memory will always make us smile. You are in our prayers. Love,
    Pat and LuAnn

  7. Karen England says:

    So sorry Dolores, Bonnie and Scott to hear of Dsves passing. My prayers are with your family during this sad time

  8. Laurie Olson Campbell says:

    Delores and Bonnie-
    Sending my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the memories of David help you all through this difficult time.

  9. Keith and Judy Francis says:

    Dolores so sorry for your lost! Our thought and prayers are with you and your family!
    Keith and Judy Francis

  10. Claudia Decker says:

    Dolores, Bonnie and family I am so sorry to hear the passing of David. He was such a good person and classmate. It is so difficult to lose a child and sibling, and my prayers for healing go out to you all . My deepest sympathies to you.

  11. Laurie Olson Campbell says:

    Delores and Bonnie-
    Sending my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May all the great memories help you through this difficult time.

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