Hal Porter, of Abilene, formerly of Cisco, went to be with his Father on June 8, 2011. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Cisco on June 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
He was born in Hammond, Indiana, on August 21, 1949. After graduating from High School in Indiana, he returned to Texas to play football at McMurry University. He spent four wonderful years in Abilene, where he met the love of his life and the most amazing lifetime friends. He married Margaret Cooper Porter on May 22, 1971 in Hamlin, Texas.
After marriage Hal began "lighting lives" of many children in numerous school districts. He was a mentor and inspiration for every child that he taught and coached.
After coaching for many years, Hal began a career in administration. He was a servant leader – serving the needs of countless teachers, school staff, parents, and most of all students. He never missed a game or an opportunity to cheer on a student — often arriving hours early. During the years of 1997 - 2000 Hal served as superintendent for Schleicher County ISD. For the past 11 years, Hal served as the superintendent of Cisco ISD, and everyone knew that he was a proud Lobo.
While at Cisco, Hal served on the State School Finance Board in Austin. He was chosen for this position because of his optimistic outlook toward public education and his knowledge and expertise in spending money wisely to achieve the greatest good for all schools.
Hal was also among an elite group of superintendents to participate in a round table discussion regrading public education at Oxford University .
He was a Christian man, and his favorite verse was Isaiah 40:31 – "But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Hal was always the "rock" for his family. Words can not express the impact that he had on his family and all that knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Porter (of Abilene, TX), daughter Katy Meador and husband Chris (of Eldorado, TX), son Kelly Porter and Travis Rew (of San Francisco, CA). He was the proud grandfather "Papa" to Codee, Cooper and Cole Meador (of Eldorado, TX). He was also the loving brother to Debi Wehba and husband Ronnie (of Sweetwater, TX). He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Joyce Porter.
Memorials may be directed in Hal's memory to The American Diabetes Association, Tour de Cure, Codee’s Cruisers, C/O Codee & Cooper Meador, Rt. 1 , Box 21-F, Eldorado, Texas 76936 This was a cause that was very important to Codee's Papa.