Lon Porch, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, succumbed December 18th after a hard fought battle in the COVID-19 pandemic. He is survived by his loving wife, Janet Porch, who had shared the last thirteen years at his side. Lon is also survived by his daughter, Rocky (Porch) Moore and her husband, Russ, his son, Jason Porch and his wife, Heather. Lon's grandchildren are Jake Moore, Spencer Porch, Samantha Moore, Sydney Moore, Shelley Moore, Jackson Porch, Sophie Porch, and Parker Porch (deceased).
Lon was raised in Union Grove, Alabama by his parents, Jack and Mabel (King) Porch with his 6 siblings; Jim (deceased), Steve (deceased), Jennie (deceased), Mike, Kim, and Jay. He was a 1965 graduate of Arab High School. He married Linda (Leach) Porch in 1968, and was widowed in 2005. A Vietnam Era veteran, Lon was most proud of his service with the United States Air Force. He served in the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron at Kunsan Air Base Korea as a training NCO and sergeant. While in Korea, he earned a 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae kwon do.
From the 1960s, Lon remained dedicated to the medical field. Initially serving as an ambulance driver while attending classes at Calhoun Community College, Lon earned a degree and became a respiratory therapist at Huntsville Hospital. He later served as Director of Respiratory Therapy at Jackson County Hospital before building the Porch Home Medical family of medical equipment providers, a company he grew from his own kitchen table to multiple stores throughout the Tennessee Valley. Lon also maintained multiple business ventures in sporting goods and real estate.
Ever the sportsman, Lon was noted for completing 20 consecutive Cotton Row Runs. He was an avid golfer. Lon reconnected with his love of martial arts after he retired. re-qualifying as a Black Belt and competing nationally against men twenty years his junior. More than his own athletic pursuits, he doted on those of his children and grandchildren. Lon coached multiple youth sports over the years and was a loyal supporter of the Crimson Tide.
In light of the pandemic, Lon will be laid to rest in a private graveside ceremony on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Hampton Cove Funeral Home is presiding over arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lon's memory to Big Oak Ranch, 250 Jake Mintz Rd, Gadsden, AL 35905.
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