Nile G. Porter was born March 22, 1930, in Watsonville, Calif., raised in Santa Rosa, Calif., served in the U.S. Navy Reserve and resided his adult life in Pacifica, Calif. Nile passed away on Jan. 11, 2021, in San Diego, Calif. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Kathleen Duffy Porter (2001) and by his youngest son, Keith Goucher Porter (1970).
Nile had a 41-year dental practice in Pacifica and was very involved in community service and associations (Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Gazers of San Francisco, San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society, San Mateo Forensic Society). His hobbies ranged from family camping and travel, to fishing, hunting, jigsaw puzzles, book collecting and then he found his real passion with gemology. He spent many years faceting precious and semi-precious gemstones, many of which he mined himself in the Pacific Northwest. This faceting hobby also included attending gem shows and collecting books on gemology for his library. Nile won numerous awards and has a Danburite stone displayed in the Smithsonian Institute of Gem and Minerology.
After retirement in 2004, Nile enjoyed living on the Ensenada Bay in Mexico (watching sunsets, bike-riding and faceting). Then, he moved to a San Diego retirement community where he had many visits and loving support from his family for the past 11 years: Brad, Brenda (Rick Poggendorf), Karen DeLost, Kimberly (Howard Trerice), Kenneth (Mindy) and grandchildren Mandy, Jon and Ben Porter, Allison and Sarah Poggendorf, Brian and Katie DeLost, Hayden Porter, and nieces Leigh Hutchinson Heyer (Phil) and Sidney Hutchinson Terrell. He also had three great-grandchildren.
Nile greatly touched the lives of his children, grandchildren and special friends and will be in their hearts forever. A celebration of his life will take place later this year in Pacifica.