Leo C. Porter, Jr. transitioned this world on Monday March 14, 2022 at the age of 67 in Fallon, Nevada. Leo was born in Evansville, Indiana to Leo and Carmenlita Porter. He was a graduate of Bosse High School in 1972. After leaving Evansville, Leo moved to Yuma, Arizona where he received his Associates in Broadcasting at Arizona Western College. In Yuma, Arizona, Leo was a DJ for the college Public Broadcasting radio station. Leo then became a cameraman for the local television station Channel 13.
Leo took his experience to Branson, MO where he was a stage manager for Mel Tillis and Charlie Pride. Leo said that living and working in Branson was the best time of his life. He returned to Yuma and worked as a Security Guard for the Arizona Cocapa Casino. Leo moved to Fallon, Nevada in 2016. He was known locally as the Cookie Man, baking and delivering cookies for his friends. He loved people. He helped anyone who he thought might need help even giving shoes and clothes to people he thought needed them. His network of friends from the Bonanza, Depot and Nugget were people he considered family. Leo was proceeded in death by his younger brother Thomas Joseph Porter, his older brother Clarence (Jerry) Edwards and his parents Leo and Carmenlita Porter. He leaves behind his two daughters Kayla and Eyahna Porter of Yuma, Arizona as well as his siblings: Dr. Gary Edwards, Marian (Sissy) Porter, Mary Stewart, Reverend James Porter, Percy Porter, Sr., Cassandra Runnels, Patricia Jenkins, John Porter, Sr., Becky Porter-Watt. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews including those he lived with since 2016: Leesha Morris, Ian Hamilton, Brandy and Kyle Archuleta, Tracy Runnels, Bruce Runnels II and Kage Libbee (bonus nephew): His Aunt Alice Bell and Aunt Lucy and Uncle Jerry Evans of Lebanon, Kentucky and Charles (Smooth Operator) Porter, Sr. of Louisville, Kentucky and his Aunts Vera Gilbert and Bert Edwards of Evansville, Indiana as well as many cousins and friends from all over the world. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to the Institute for the Blind, the American Diabetes Association or any homeless shelter in his memory.