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Michael Joseph

Porter D.C.

September 26 , 1959 - January 05 , 2020

Michael Joseph Porter D.C.
Michael Joseph Porter D.C.
1959 - 2020


Wednesday, January 08, 2020
6:00 ~ 8:00 PM
Thursday, January 09, 2020
12:00 ~ 8:00 PM
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home


Friday, January 10, 2020
12:00 PM
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Entombment in Michigan Memorial Park



Porter, Dr. Michael J. Age 60, of Flat Rock passed away on the morning of January 5th, 2020.
Michael was born on September 26, 1959 in Lincoln Park, Michigan. He attended Aquinas High School and graduated in 1977. Following graduation, he enrolled in Palmer College of Chiropractic, earning his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1984. That same year, Michael was inducted into the Pi Tau Delta Chiropractic International Honor Society. Michael opened his first chiropractic clinic in Gibraltar, Michigan in 1985. In January 2003, he co-founded Porter and Clark Chiropractic. Michael was a devout Christian and a strong man of faith. He loved his patients and helping others. In 1999, Michael founded Focus on Charity, an organization that provided Thanksgiving meals for less fortunate families. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, boating, gardening and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Michael was a beloved husband of Marina Porter. Loving father of Michael (Jennifer) Porter, Danielle (Josh) Cade, Tricia (Chris) Robert and Rebekah (Mike) Lynch. Dearest grandfather of Colten, Carson, Claire, Julian and Owen. He is also survived by his siblings Carol (Peter Grossman) Porter, Jim (Tami) Porter and Jill (the late Doug) Lustig. He is proceeded in death by his parents John “Bud” and Geraldine Porter.


Words can not express my sadness.... The world has lost a very special man and Heaven gained an Angel. We pray for the entire family of Dr Porter and we pray for the Love of God to surround you all. Doctor Porter you are so loved and you will be forever missed. Thank you not only for your excellent care but for your compassion and love for people, For your endless desire to help others. With Love and Great sadness, John & Kathleen John and Kathleen McCulley

Mere words are never enough. Our hearts are heavy in the loss of a wonderful neighbor and friend. We express our love, prayers and condolences to the ‘Entire Family’. Especially to our dear friend Marina. May God give each and all of you, near and far, added strength to get through the next few days and even more as time moves on. Mike will live as a brilliant bright shining star within all of your hearts and souls. We are just next door if you ever need anything. Love to all. Hugs from Johan and my lil’ brother George. Johan M Gillies-Heins

Words cannot express how much my heart breaks for the Porter family. I am in disbelief that such a great man of God, an excellent Dr in so many ways, is no longer with us. Dr Porter definitely was a giving man. He was one who loved people. He poured out his compassionate heart, along with wisdom, into the care of his patients. My family and I have been traveling all the way from Texas for the last few years, to receive care from Dr. Porter. My daughter and I are Lyme FREE because of his great care. Dr. Porter put my sons picture on his Office wall, praying daily for him. Oh my heart is grateful for that. Prayers have been answered. He will truly be missed by many. Heaven has gained a wonderful man who put others first. Lifting all the immediate and extended family members up in prayer, as they walk through this difficult time. Much love sent from The Sargent Family LEANN SARGENT

Our hearts ache for your loss. As long-time patients, we considered Dr. Porter a dear friend. Always a smile, he was a kind, caring man who walked the walk of his faith. May your faith sustain you and may God wrap you in his arms as you grieve, healing your hearts through the many precious memories of the love you shared. Please know that we will be lifting you in prayer during the difficult days, weeks, and months ahead. Manny & Gina Fifo

Marina and Family Our deepest sympathies to you all . May your happy memories help you thru this difficult time . Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers . Laurie and Bill Smith Laurie (Audette) and Bill Smith

I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. Dr Mike was such a giver and a compassionate doctor and friend. He tirelessly helped me in practice and spiritually guided me during some very rough times. He gave of his time and expertise without looking for compensation. He was so knowledgeable and inspirational. I loved seeing him and his wife Marina at conventions and we always had the best time! The community and the profession have lost another great doctor and leader. Condolences to his family and friends. Will miss you Dr Mike Dr Thea Lewis Conway

I am absolutely shocked and saddened to hear this news. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dr Porter as he was not only my chiropractor for years, and the best at that, but also a good friend. I haven't seen him in a few years and this hits me like I just spoke to him yesterday. My heart goes out to the family and close friends of this wonderful human being.. My thoughts and prayers are with them. He is at peace with the Lord now Tom Scheffler

I am so sad to hear this news. Dr. Porter gave me my first job when I graduated from Chiropractic school in 1999. I will always remember him as a mentor and friend. I learned adjusting techniques from him that I still use in practice today. He was a very gifted, caring, and compassionate Chiropractor. He introduced me to Dr. Clark and I worked for both of them until I gave birth to my daughter. I am a better Chiropractor and business person because of the mentorship from both of these special men. I will always be grateful to Dr. Porter for giving me my first job and more importantly the confidence to succeed in this profession. One day in 2000, after coming back from lunch, Dr. Porter took me to see the land where the Porter & Clark Chiropractic office building now stands. In 2000 it was just a plot of land. Dr. Porter was smiling as he looked at the land and told me that it had always been his dream to build a Chiropractic office and leave a legacy for his children. I am so happy that he got to achieve his dream with Dr. Clark and leave this amazing legacy for his children and his patients. You will be missed Dr. Porter. Heidi Aprahamian

I am really sorry for the loss of Dr. Porter. He was an AWESOME Chiropractor. He took care of me and my husband in his Gibraltar Office. Then when he opened his office in Flat Rock I went there. He was very gentle with his adjustments. He was so very knowledgable about all the current adjustments. His family, friends and the whole community will greatly miss him. I pray that GOD will give Marina and his family peace, comfort and strength that only he can give in this time of loss and sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Carol Lakos

My Heart Hurts with Sadness to hear about Dr Porter. He was a Great Doctor and a Greater Man that i first met 30 yrs ago. And he got me through some really bad times and only one that could keep me walking in times of need. He was a Friend to all he met. My Heart is Heavy for all Dr Porters Family and Friends and may he still Float above us All to help when he can. You will be missed Greatly Sir. Love and Prayers for all Your Family. Doug Doug Johnson

My most sincere condolences to the Porter family and the Porter & Clark family as well. During the time I worked there, I learned so much, most of it had nothing to do with Chiropractic or massage, but about patience, faith, trust family and caring. I am a better human being from his example. His legacy will live on in the lives of all who were privileged to have known him! Carl Carl Johnson

Mike was a brilliant doctor and loving, compassionate family man. It was a privilege to have been his patient and distant "relative." He will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to you, Marina and all the rest of the family. Lisa Frederick

Feeling great sadness over the loss of Dr. Porter. Our deepest condolences to Marina, Mike Jr and all the family as well as the Porter and Clark Staff. Dr Porter you wonderful man. You always gave your all, and in doing so you changed and improved so many life's. You made a difference in this world and left a legacy to be proud of, not only in your work but your wonderful family as well. We are so thankful for having known you as our Doctor but also as a friend. We really did share quite a few laughs. Those memories will be cherished. Your wealth of knowledge you so generously shared will be passed on to others to continue your passion. We pray that Marina and all your family find peace and feel God's Love to lift them up from their tremendous sadness. We Love You Dr. Porter and miss you. Mike and Pam Beaver

My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this devastating time of loss. May God comfort you and carry you on this journey. Pam Trepanier

Our deepest sympathy is with all of you, as you mourn the loss of Mike. Son, brother, father, grandfather, dearest of husbands to Marina. Boss, friend, partner, captain, counselor, faithful servant of Christ. Whatever Mike was to anyone, you knew that his heart was always in it 100 % !! I know Mike sings with the angels at the throne of God. And I thank God for letting his loving servant shine on us and with us while we had our moment of time together here. It is his loving legacy that will live on forever with all of us, until we meet again. 1 Corinthians 13;12: For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. Praying for Peace during this so difficult time. Love to you all, Always,Laura ,Bob, Aaron, and Chelsey Chojnacki Laura and Bob Chojnacki

Marina and family, our hearts are just broken for your loss. No family should suffer a loss so soon. Our thought and prayers are with you all. We are only a phone call away. Erika and Steve Egan

Dr. Porter has meant and will continue to mean much to my family and friends. He always went above and beyond with his patients and helped give us peace of mind when we needed it most. I was always convinced that he would make house calls for his patients if only he had enough hours in the day to do so. While we are completely shocked and saddened by this sudden loss, we take comfort in the fact that he is home where he belongs, and we look forwarded to hanging out with him and laughing with him once again. Adrian Schulz

We are both very sad to hear of Dr. Porter's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to Marina and family. Such a kind and compassionate doctor. He was always accommodating and willing to do his best for his patients. The world lost a husband, father, son, friend, but heaven gained an Angel. Arthur & Karen McNabb

We all walk upon the earth for a little while. Only a few will leave behind footprints to show where we walked. Mike has left meaningful footprints as he helped so many, he left deep footprints in the lives of those he loved and befriended, and he left graceful footprints where he danced and enjoyed life. Mike”s footprints will be on earth forever as will the memories we have of him. The loss to mankind is great because the man was great. Liam and Shellee Carroll and family

Dr. Porter cared for me through out my pregnancies. I took my newborns to him when they were only 2 days old. He made feel so much better when I could not even walk. He was the kindest Christian man I have ever met. He never turned anyone away who was in need of treatment, no matter their religion or ability to pay. He was a shining example of love and he will be sorely missed. We were blessed to have him with us. May God bless him and his family. Leila Quraishi

Our condolences and prayers for the family and all who knew him. A really nice guy who loved his family and patients. This is shocking and very sad. Larry and Debra Quick

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Porter. Keeping the entire family in our thoughts and prayers. I pray that Jesus surrounded your family with comfort and love. May God bless you all. Drys Family

I am so sorry and praying for the family. Dr. Porter help me and my family for so many years. He always took time to help heal and be supportive for me and my family. He will be truly missed. Joan Garza

Even though we didn’t see Dr. Porter as patients (patients of Dr, Clark and Dr. Cara) our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He was a very friendly, warm man and will truly be missed by many. May God wrap his arms around all of you and give you comfort and peace in the coming days. Margaret & Dick Haman

I want to say thank you to this amazing human being who made such an impact on my life. I was truly blessed to know him. Dr. Porter made such a difference in so many peoples lives. I was lucky to have known him for almost 30 years and am very sad to have to say good bye. My prayers go out to his loved ones. Carmen & Frank Kolakowski

Marina, Sue, Michael and Rebekah, Julie and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Mike. Through the many years from next door neighbor, to friend, to doctor we have valued his presence. He has mentored so many young people who have entered the Chiropractic field, his giving heart has always been an inspiration. His loving attitude to all children whom he was acquainted with has lifted many spirits. His legacy will live on. He will be sorely missed. Rick Frye and Julie West

We are sending our heartfelt sympathy to Dr. Porter's family and co-workers. We were very saddened to hear about his passing and know what a great loss this brings to many but we know he is in heaven. He showed his love for God by the way he lived. His compassion for his patients and others defined him. He was a doctor who was a friend to everyone he met and we will sadly miss him. Chuck and Pam Hazey Pamela M Hazey

Truly blessed to have had Dr. Porter treat me and cure me when no one else could. He was and forever shall be an amazing man! He is truly one of a kind! This a great loss for his family, friends, patients, and practice. Share the great memories and speak of him helps to warm the heart thru great loss..... Jaime Van Sickle

Heartbreaking to hear of Dr. Porter's passing. He was always so full of life and a smile. We will miss him dearly! Sending thoughts and prayers and hoping that happy memories will bring comfort in every way possible. Hearts, Hugs, & Prayers - Carol&Randy Cochran Carol & Randy Cochran

My heart is broken with the news of Dr. Porter's passing. Being a forever patient of his from seeing him a few years at his old office in Gibraltar and now ever since at the new place he always felt more like a friend to me then just my doctor. He always took time to address my concerns or just chit chat about every day life or upcoming vacations. I know he was a quiet and private man in ways so I feel sadden I was never able to give him a hug and tell him I was praying for him during his health battles. I give my condoliences to his family, especially his wife and son whom I now see on a regular basis. He was so proud of his son's accomplishments and following in his footsteps. May the days ahead bring you comfort in knowing what a truly great man Dr. Porter was and know he will never be forgotten. I am out of town and can't make the services but please know I am with you in many other ways. Fran Blanchette

We are very sorry for the loss of Michael. He made our family better and happier and healthier. GOD Bless him, Marina and the whole Family. Dennis & Leslie Pielack

So sorry to hear the loss of such a great leader and chiropractor. Although we only had a short time together here, I felt the passion Dr. Porter had for humanity as a whole the moment my good friend Dr. Tom Clark introduced us. We will pray for strength for the Porter family, and Dr. Clark’s family through this difficult time. We will also pray for peace for all the lives Dr. Porter touched. Much love. Dr. Randolph Penn Dr. Randolph Penn

I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the family. Dr. Porter was always very pleasant, he will be greatly missed. Nicole Deskins

Dr. Porter saved when life when no other Doctor believed I was sick. He was a kind soul who believed me when no one else did and cured me. I will forever be thankful. From the depths of my heart, I am sorry for your loss. He truly was a man and a Doctor like no other. Amelia Yacko

I heart is so sad. Rock and I have known Mike for 30 yrs. Just in shock. What a lovely man, he was so understanding . And a GREAT Doctor. Mike you will be greatly missed R.I.P my friend. Rocky and Coleen Smith

I too wish to extend my condolences to Dr. Porters wife and family. I too was with Dr Porter since the early days in Gibraltar and until 2019. He was an excellent Doctor and he and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Paul Lehr