1949 – 2014

AUGUSTA — Daniel A. Porter, 64, of New Sharon, passed peacefully at Maine General Hospital on Sunday evening, March 9. He was known as “Dan,” “Danny,” “Easy Porter” and “Moses,” depending upon one’s relationship with him.

He was the oldest child of Arthur W. and Virginia A. (Ashley) Porter, born on May 28, 1949, in Farmington. He was a 1967 graduate of Farmington High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Maine Vocational School in South Portland.

On July 26, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Diane Benson, in Farmington. Shortly after they married, he was drafted and became a U.S. Marine. Upon his return from military duties, he was a machinist and worked at a variety of wood turning mills in the area. At the time of his passing, he was employed at Poland Spring in Kingfield.

He was devoted to caring for his family and always enjoyed family gatherings, following his grandchildren in their sporting events and the annual lobster feed. His hobbies were woodworking, accessorizing and keeping his Mustang car in tip-top shape and bowling, an activity he enjoyed since he was 15.

He was a member of the United States Bowling Congress and played in leagues at Meadow Lanes Bowling Alley in Farmington for many years. His family describes him as being a humble, patient man and “Everyone’s Hero.”

Danny leaves his wife of 44 years, Diane, of New Sharon; their two daughters, Melissa Luce and her husband, Scott, of Strong and Melonie Sweetser and her husband, Matt, of Sanford; his dad, Arthur Porter, of New Sharon; eight grandchildren, Jim Barker, Dan Luce, Nate Luce, Adam Luce, Maddie Luce, Trevor Sweetser, Sadie Sweetser and Lily Sweetser; one sister, Judy Brackett and her husband, Bryan, of Hope; four brothers, Jay Porter and his wife, Beverly, of Farmington Falls, and Robert Porter and his wife, Robin, Larry Porter and Michael Porter and his wife, Doris, all of New Sharon; several nieces, nephews, cousins and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia A. Porter; and his devoted dog, Logan.

Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Maine General Hospital for their quality care.

Condolences and tributes may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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