Brooks Wood Porter
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Brooks Wood Porter
  • August 3, 1940 - February 23, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Brooks Wood Porter, 76, a loving husband and father, adoring grandfather, and respected businessman, left this world peacefully in his sleep on February 23, 2017. A lifelong Texan, Brooks was born on August 3, 1940 and grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, the son of a school teacher and a Gulf Oil chemist. He spent his summers working on his grandfather's farm in Missouri and thinking of creative ways to make a few bucks. Brooks was impressively tall and excelled at basketball, helping to bring his high school team to the state championship and earning him a basketball scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin. At UT, he studied Business and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, graduating in 1962. In 1964 he married Merry Carol Wilkinson, whom he met at his job at Sears in Pasadena, Texas. Their marriage of 53 years produced his proudest legacy, his four children and eleven grandchildren.

His natural ambition drove him from Sears to IBM, where he became one of their top salesmen, earning several company awards. His work brought his growing family to upstate New York and back to Houston. He later moved to BMC where he continued sales work and trained BMC's salesforce in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Brooks was a successful entrepreneur. He hunted tirelessly for external opportunities, dabbling in many, varied investments. His longstanding beach house rental business in Surfside, Texas stemmed from both this drive and his commitment to quality family time. He was also a generous man towards those he cared about and causes he believed in. His long term commitment to his local Rotary chapter as a Paul Harris Fellow, and to CARE and other organizations brought him many good friends and took him and Merry around the world.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marguerite and Horton Porter, and a grandson, Thomas Porter. His memory will be carried on by his wife Merry Wilkinson Porter, his four children and their spouses, Linda Porter-Tucci and Robert Tucci, Steve and Melanie Porter, Michelle Porter and Blake West, and Merry Carol Porter and Thomas Bui, his ten grandchildren, Lauren, Julia, Sophie, Steven, Emma, David, Kate, Esmé, Caleb, and Matthew, his sister Linda Ridout and her husband Tom, extended family, and his many loyal friends and business partners. He was a man who liked his family close, his friends around the card table, his Day-Timer full, and his dessert options plentiful. He loved us well, and the world is a better place because he was with us.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Star of Hope, Houston or Salvation Army, Lake Jackson. Visitation hours will be held this Thursday, March 2nd from 6-8pm at Restwood Funeral Home in Clute/Lake Jackson. The funeral will be held there on Friday, March 3rd, at 11:30am.