August 2, 1932 ~ April 21, 2021 (age 88)


Nelson E. Porath

August 2, 1932- April 21, 2021 Merced CA

Dad passed away peacefully at home on April 21, 2021 surrounded by family.

He was born in Bull Creek CA in Mariposa County on August 2, 1932. He was second to the youngest of 13 children. He met the love of his life Joan Hughes in Coulterville CA and that is where their love story began. They married on April 27, 1957 and began their 64 beautiful years together.  He worked for Pacific Bell from 1955 and then retired as a line supervisor in 1982.  He then began his farming full time, working 18 hours a day for over 17 years.  Dad was the most loving and devoted family man we could have ever asked for.  His work ethic was second to none.  Although he only had a high school education, his life experiences earned him a masters in common sense.  To know him was an honor and a blessing.  He enjoyed hunting, fly fishing and family camping trips.  There are no words to describe how awesome of a man he was.  He will be truly missed and in our hearts forever.  He was preceded in death by parents John and Elizabeth Porath, 8 brothers and 4 sisters.  Survived by spouse Joan Porath, Son David Porath and (Jen Porath), Daughter Leslie Soares, Grandchildren Matthew Soares and (Danielle), Hayden Porath, and Lauren Porath.  Great grandchildren Madison, Kirsten and Easton Soares. Memorial Service to follow at a later date.

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