Robert Porter, 71, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at his residence in Broomfield, Colorado. He was born January 24, 1949, in Greeley, Colorado, the son of Everitt and Margaret (Bogan) Porter.
Porter graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1967. Following graduation he attended the University of Northern Colorado and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Arts. While attending college, Porter married his high school sweetheart, Sharon K. Smith of Sterling, Colorado, in 1968. They celebrated over 51 years of marriage.
After college, Porter worked at Douglass Roofing in Greeley. In 1987, he and Mark Gustafson successfully opened Front Range Roofing Systems Inc., where he worked until he retired in 2001.
The Porters then moved to The Villages in Florida. It is there where he pursued his passion for golf and enjoyed the benefits of retirement. They returned to Colorado in 2012 to move closer to family.
Porter had been a long-time member of the Colorado Roofing Association with both Front Range Roofing Systems and Douglass Roofing. He was also a member of the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), serving on the Board of Directors since 1979.
From 1990-1991 he served as president, then returned to the Board of Directors. In 2007 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the WSRCA. From 2010-2014 he continued his services by becoming chairman of the Davis Memorial Foundation. In 2014, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award/Davis Memorial Foundation.
“I had the great pleasure of working with and getting to know Bob while he was the chairman of Davis Foundation,” said Chuck Chapman, Tecta America® Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona, and WSRCA president 2008-2010. “He was kind enough to ask me to follow him as the chairman after he retired. I learned a lot from Bob during that time and I am proud to carry on his legacy. Without Bob’s years at the helm of the Foundation it would not have become what it is today. For those of you that were lucky enough to have known Bob you know that he was a really great guy. He was funny, kind, smart, and compassionate. He loved to play golf and I had the privilege of playing numerous rounds with Bob. He always had a smile on his face and was never bashful about kicking my butt but oddly enough I felt good about it afterwards!! Bob did capture the Holy Grail of golf a few years back when he scored a Hole In One. Bob has moved on to a better place and is whole once again. He will be missed but his legacy will live on. Thank you, Bob, for sharing your life with us!!”
Porter was a dedicated Christian man and supportive member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He is also remembered for being a devoted husband, unconditional loving father, doting grandfather, and supportive friend. His loving personality and contagious smile will be missed dearly by all those he touched.
Porter is survived by his wife, Sharon; two daughters, Julie Porter and Kimberly (Porter) Myers; two grandchildren, Hunter Scott Myers and Marly Alyse Myers; two brothers and their families, Richard and Cynthia Porter and Gary and Margaret Porter Margaret; and two nephews and one niece.
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the family does not plan to hold a public memorial service and will celebrate his life privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Porter’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.