Jacob Porter

Jacob H. “Jake” Porter, 43, of El Paso, IL passed away at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday September 8, 2017 at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, IL with Fr. John Steffen officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, with dinner immediately following at St Mary’s Catholic Church, El Paso. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to El Paso Fire Department, El Paso Rescue Squad or the American Heart Association.
Jake was born October 15, 1973 in Normal, IL the son of David and Karen L. Smoots Porter.
Surviving are his mother Karen Porter of El Paso; one sister Amy (Tim) Supan of Carlock; and two nieces Samantha and Shannan, two nephews Sean and T.J. and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jake was preceded in death by his Father, maternal and paternal grandparents, several aunts, uncles and one cousin.
He worked at Heritage Health Nursing Home in El Paso for 25 years, starting as a teenager in high school. Throughout his career there, he provided compassion to residents, allowing them to live their final years with dignity. No task was too big or too small for Jake, as he could be found working in cafeteria, laundry, with residents or just filling in where needed. He has also worked diligently for 19 years as a Production Control Clerk for American Buildings Company, more recently known as Nucor. He was on the El Paso Corn Festival committee, working as a volunteer for 13 years, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, El Paso.
Jake was loved and will be missed by so many whether it be family, friends or co-workers. He would have been shocked by the huge outpouring of memorials on social media, and messages to his family. He provided many hours of fun and laughter to all who knew him, and his nicknames and sayings were legendary. He was extremely caring, and would drop everything to help with anything. Hands down, he was the most hard working man.
He loved his family fiercely, especially his nieces and nephews, who loved him and will miss him terribly. His family would like to thank his buddies from the “hood” for providing him with hours of friendship and laughter with their long walks and pool parties. He loved you all, and will forever be watching over all of us from heaven.

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