Allan D. Porter
1939 - 2020
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July 25, 1939
July 14, 2020
Allan D. Porter, beloved husband, father, stepfather and grandfather, passed away on July 14, 2020. He was born in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA to Norman and Golda (Ash) Porter on July 25, 1939, while his dad was stationed at Miramar Marine Corp Base.
Allan began his educational career in 1957 after graduating Manitou Springs High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree in teaching from Colorado State College (now University of Northern Colorado), then his Master's degree in Secondary Education from Adams State College, and his Ed.S Type D Principal Certification from Western State University.
He has been a teacher, coach, and principal at Manitou Springs High School and then Vice Principal and Principal at Cheyenne Mountain High School. He took a four year lapse from education and opened and the Shootin' Den, for four years, which is still in existence. After retirement from Cheyenne Mt. H.S. he worked in the golf shop at Valley Hi golf course.
He had a love for hunting, fishing, golfing, and especially trap shooting. He was Western District Champion trap shooting winner in EL Monte, CA which qualified him for the 1961 Olympics in Mexico City. He made the Colorado State Trap Shooting high handicapped, singles and doubles for the years 1975 to 1980. He was inducted into the Colorado Trap Shooting Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a member of Single Action Shooting Society (SASS).
Al leaves behind to cherish his memory with wife of 36 years Marguerite (Mar) Griffin Porter; daughter, Tammy Kuiper (Mark); step children, Kelli Gordon (Wayne), Kristine Dawson (Steve Valencia), and Matthew Johnston; and ten grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kimberly Porter-Noel-Lenhard.
Gathering of family, friends, and acquaintances will be held outdoors at Patty Jewett Club House on Friday July 24th at 4:00 pm.

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Published in The Gazette from Jul. 19 to Jul. 22, 2020.
Memorial Gathering
04:00 PM
Patty Jewett Club House
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July 24, 2020
Great memories and guidance from a man, mentor and coach who I was fortunate enough to have been able to also call a friend. From his first year teaching at MHS and football field to the bowling alley and trap field he was bigger than life. My parents thanked him over the years for his influence and direction in my life.
I lost track of him when I retired and took up raising TX Longhorns in AZ and remember in his History class the references he made of the breed of the west.
Here's to the Rider in the Sky...Thank you Big Al,
Kenny "Crabby" Crabtree MHS '65
July 24, 2020
Mr. Porter what a wonderful man! He was my High School Principal and was such an asset to Manitou. He was kind, loving, and stern. My sincere condolences to the family.
Patti Hickox
July 23, 2020
Mr Porter was Vice Principal and later Principal at CMHS, and was one of a kind!! He had a way to connect with all of the kids. I am sad to hear of this news, but feel lucky to have been one of his students.
July 22, 2020
I was so sad to hear about Coach Porter. He was our girls basketball and flag football coach for The Mustangs in 1971. He taught us girls in our special education weeks at Manitou how to trap shoot and waterski! We just loved him. My friend Jeri and I would baby sit his kids once in a while and he taught us how to reload his shot gun shells. We were so involved with that I hope the kids were okay! Lol We all loved being a part of his family. He was a an excellent World History teacher. One class I actually paid attention in. My condolences to his wife and family. He is missed by so many and will always be remembered as a good man, a lot of fun, talented and giving. I’ll see you on the other side Coach. Heaven is only a breath away.
Nancy Boardman Pike
Nancy Pike
July 22, 2020
Sorry to hear of Mr. Porter’s passing. I have many memories of him as a teacher in Manitou Springs. Prayers.
Marlene Grover Smith Pawelek
July 21, 2020
Mr.Porter was a great man and teacher. I have a lot of great memories of him at MSHS. RIP, SYMPATHY TO YOUR FAMILY !!!
Valerie clothier
July 20, 2020
Mr. Porter was an incredible man, High School Principal and friend. He will always be remembered!
Mark Hassen
July 20, 2020
We were so sorry to learn the news of Al's passing. Our Dad and Al made a pretty formidable team at Cheyenne Mt HS. I have many memories of Al and the team at our house over coffee most mornings as I left the house for school each day. Our very best thoughts are with you as you celebrate a life so very well lived.

Matthew Helm ('87)
Matthew Helm
July 20, 2020
Alan hired me in 1974. He changed my life and helped me become a member of the Manitou Springs High School community. I will always be grateful for that. He was a great high school principal because he stood up for his principles. I remember so many incidents of those early days at Manitou that reflect how important Allan's influence was. Thanks for sharing such a small part of your life with me and such a large part of your life with so many others.
Debie Ann Bennett
July 19, 2020
I went to Manitou Springs High School with Allen, i graduated 2 years ahead of him. He and I were on baseball and basketball varsity teams together. Allen was a great HS baseball pitcher, also played football in HS, College at Otero, and Northern Colorado. He was a great trap shooter, and I enjoyed the few times I got to do that with him. In 1954 he and I took a trip to Texas and Louisiana in his 1949 Ford coupe to visit our cousins. He had his first waterskiing experience there with my cousins. I only saw allen once in a while after college but we always remained friends.
Parker Stafford
July 19, 2020
Fond memories of my high school teacher ! He taught me yes ! A girl to trap and skeet shoot and shared his passion . Forever an impression he left
Sending thoughts and prayers to his family - robin hassen day
Robin hassen day
July 19, 2020
Mar and Family, we are deeply saddened by the news of Al's passing. I have many fond memories from my days at MSHS when he was Principal and even more from our paths crossing in the trapshooting world. He was a good leader, a good friend, and a good person. He will be missed. Blessings of comfort to you all. Lisa (Thero) & Tim Brough
Lisa Brough
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