March 3, 2013 - Larry Joe Porter, M.D, 74 passed away peacefully on Sunday morning in Fort Myers. He was born August 21, 1938 in Zanesville, OH to George and Gertrude (Irvin) Porter. Dr. Porter attended Hopewell High School, Muskingum College and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in Charlotte, NC and practiced as an orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist in Zanesville, OH.
Dr. Porter was a surgeon, novelist, playwright, actor, director, College professor, and trumpet musician. He was a member of the Elks Club, The Masonic Lodge and the Rotary Club, Cypress Lake United Methodist Church and Seekers Sunday School Class. He joined "Project Dawn" where he donated clinical and surgical services and equipment to the people of Georgetown, Guyana. He was a restauranteur, golfer, gin rummy and crossword master, devoted friend, father and grandfather.
Dr. Porter is survived by his brother Douglas Porter, his children Amy Rouan, Katherine Owen, LJ Porter II, and his grandchildren, Derek Schmidt, Teo Porter and Porter Rouan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cypress Lake United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or Building Fund. The church members have been so helpful and loving to him, along with all of his many friends and family elsewhere.