The Davis Memorial Foundation, operated under the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), is honoring a former WSRCA leader by renaming one of its signature fundraising events after him.
The foundation revealed that, beginning with the 2021 Western Roofing Expo, the annual golf tournament will officially be renamed to be the Bob Porter Memorial Golf Tournament. Porter, who passed away this year at the age of 71 after succumbing to Myelodysplastic Syndrome, served as the association president from 1990-91. The foundation trustees unanimously agreed to honor the former president and founding chairman of the foundation trustees.
“Bob truly loved the roofing industry, WSRCA, and the Davis Memorial Foundation. Golf was his passion, and he would greet all tournament participants with his big smile as they registered to play," said Joel Viera, foundation administrator. "Honoring Bob in this fashion just feels right.”
Porter attended the University of Northern Colorado and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts. While attending college, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, in 1968. After graduating, he worked at Douglass Roofing in Greeley, Colo. He became a member of the WSRCA, serving on the board of directors starting in 1979. In 1987, he and Mark Gustafson successfully opened Front Range Roofing Systems Inc. Porter and Gustafson sold Front Range Roofing on July 24, 2001.
Porter continued his love for the roofing community after his retirement by becoming chairman of the trustees for the Davis Memorial Foundation from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, he received the WSRCA Outstanding Service Award for his dedication and service to the Davis Memorial Foundation.
Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $525,000 in scholarships to students from the roofing and waterproofing industry.