Larry Joe Porter, M.D
FORT MYERS, FL: Larry Joe Porter, M.D, 74 passed away peacefully Sunday March 3, 2013 in Fort Myers, Florida.
He was born August 21, 1938 in Zanesville, OHIO to George and Gertrude (Irvin) Porter and grew up in Gratiot, Ohio.
Dr. Porter attended Hopewell High School, Earned a BS (Cum Laude) from Muskingum College and an MD from 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 an orthopedic surgeon at Bethesda Hospital and Team physician for Zanesville High School. He was a novelist and published author of "Simple Changes: The Boomer's Guide to a Healthier Happier Life".
He was a playwright, actor, director and producer with the Zanesville, Cambridge and Ft. Myers Community Theaters.
As a trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn musician, he was a member of Dick Simcox Big Band, The Zanesville Jazz and the Southeastern Ohio Symphonic Winds.
He was a member of the Elks Club, Jackson Lodge 85 F & AM and the Rotary Club.
He was a restaurateur, model, golfer, gin rummy and crossword puzzle fan, friend, father and grandfather.
Dr. Porter is survived by his brother Douglas Porter; his children Amy Rouan, Katherine Owen, L.J Porter II; and his grandchildren, Derek Schmidt, Teo Porter and Porter Rouan. He was preceded in death by his brother Phil Porter.
Memorial Services will be held at Gratiot United Methodist Church, Gratiot, Ohio on Saturday April 20th at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gratiot United Methodist Church, Gratiot, Ohio.