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Jul. 5, 2012 at 2:45pm

Porter's Place -- Memorial Service for Alton

Funeral and Family Fund for the Porters

You've probably already heard that the owner of Porter's Place--Alton Porter--died suddenly last week. His restaurant was a famous local BBQ. Along with their traditional BBQ fare, the hallmark of Porter's Place was a super-hot sauce called "the Man" -- if you could stand to eat it, you got a bumpersticker.

Alton's family also ran Dixie's at Safeco Field and the original Dixie's BBQ in Bellevue.

Alton leaves behind his wife and five kids. They lost Alton's Dad to cancer two years ago, and his sister LJ last year. It's been a difficult couple of years for the Porters, made harder also due to the relocation of Porter's Place to the new location on South Tacoma Way.

News Tribune article:

If you're involved in the community, you've probably met Alton or one of his family members manning the grill at hundreds of school, parks, music, cultural and other events. Alton was one of the most generous business owners I've ever met. He gave food away for free or provided discounts to community groups throughout the county. He did food for the homeless and Thanksgiving dinners for the needy.

It surprised me the first time I saw him at a hoopfest running the grill, but I realized he was the type of person who wanted not to just give money or burgers, but also his time and attention. He loved contributing to good causes, especially for kids and those in financial distress.

The memorial service for Alton Porter is this Wednesday, July 11, 12:30 pm at Church for All Nations in Parkland (111-112th St. S., Tacoma, WA 98445).

More info here:

This unexpected death has left Mrs. Porter and the kids with some heavy financial costs. If anyone wants to give to the Porters, there are three funds set up at local banks:

Columbia Bank -- The Alton "Porter" "The Man" Memorial Fund

Key Bank -- The Alton "Porter" "The Man" Memorial Fund

Harborstone Credit Union -- The Alton G. Porter Memorial Fund

Dear Tacoma, if you can help this family out in their time of need, they sure could use it. Thanks so much.

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