Marching Mizzou member Jeremy Porter remembered for love of music

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 4:19 p.m. CDT

Jeremy Michael Nevils Porter was known for his mischievous smirk and his positive attitude.

Mr. Porter died on June 26, 2011, in Muskogee County, Okla. He was 19.

Mr. Porter was killed in an automobile accident on his way home from visiting San Antonio to see his Phi Mu Alpha brother, Gunnar Grantham, who just graduated from basic training.

He was traveling with Sean Radcliff and Ryan Iadanza. Radcliff also died as a result of the accident, and Iadanza survived.

Mr. Porter was born on June 6, 1992, in Kansas City. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 2010. During his time there, he was an honor student, in the pep, jazz and marching bands and was a member of the cross country and track teams.

Mr. Porter received the Wm. McCoy Award in 2009 and the Presidential Award for Academic Achievement. He received numerous scholarships and just completed his freshman year at MU.

At MU, Mr. Porter played saxophone in Marching Mizzou and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha, a music fraternity.

Katelyn Amen, the former alto saxophone section leader for Marching Mizzou, said Mr. Porter was extremely passionate about band.

“I just know that his heart was just really in Marching Mizzou,” Amen said.

Elliot Naes, Mr. Porter's pledge father for Phi Mu Alpha, started calling him "Jerms," a nickname that stuck.

Naes, Amen and Gavin all said Mr. Porter was more introverted by nature but that his sense of humor and keen sense for details were always apparent.

Mr. Porter is survived by his parents, Jennifer and Karl Porter; sister, Brooke Porter; brothers, Jared Porter and Sam Porter; Nana Marilyn Nevils; and Unkie Eric Nevils.

A visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., in Independence. A memorial service will follow at 10 a.m. at the same location. Cremation will follow the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Marching Mizzou, 202 Loeb Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Condolences may be left online at

Marching Mizzou plans to remember Mr. Porter and Mr. Radcliff in the first football halftime show. Phi Mu Alpha brothers said they will probably create scholarships in honor of the men.

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