Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 10, 2013

William A. Porter

GAYLORD — William A. Porter, 72, died Feb. 7, 2013, after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson's disease. Bill was born Sept. 8, 1940, to Stuart and Alma Bernice Porter. He was raised in Grosse Pointe.

Bill attended Albion College and law school at Wayne State University.

He moved to Gaylord in 1968 and established the law firm of Dreyer and Porter. He was the prosecutor for Otsego County and Judge of the 87th District, before becoming Judge of the 46th Circuit at age 32.

Bill retired from the bench in 1996. While serving as judge he was active on numerous state judicial committees. He was a trustee of Otsego Memorial Hospital from 1976 to 1989. Bill was honored to be selected as one of Michigan's most respected judges by Lawyers Weekly.

Bill enjoyed playing racquetball and tennis, running, kayaking, fly fishing and listening to music from the 1950s and '60s. Those who knew Bill will remember his sense of honor, integrity and work ethic. His friends and family will miss his generosity and kindness, as well as his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Jillian; son, William; and his fiercest protector and beloved grandson, Andrew William.

Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Stuart Williams Porter.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to The Pathfinder School, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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