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History

Porter Loring Mortuaries has been serving the San Antonio area community for many years. We are thankful to be an important part of this community and will continue our longstanding legacy of helping families honor their loved ones.

 


 

A family tradition for caring, established in 1918.

In writing about its history, a company may find it tempting to create its own “philosophy” in line with popular trends or current values. In our case, however, it was spelled out years ago by our founder, Porter Loring, Sr.

The year was 1918. World War I had just ended. Troops were returning from Europe, and so were casualties for burial in hometowns. The upheaval of the times also spread one of the deadliest influenza epidemics in history. For a military town like San Antonio, and for the funeral homes serving the area, the situation posed a serious challenge.

It was against this backdrop that Porter Sr. decided the time was right to introduce a new type of mortuary.

 


The original Porter Loring Mortuary was founded across from Travis Park in 1918

 

 


 

Founding Philosophy

“It was true I was going to bury the dead, but I wasn’t going to be an ‘undertaker.’ Instead, I was going to operate a mortuary – one that had respect for the dead and sympathy for the families who came to it. I was determined to have this philosophy expressed in all the ways I could create, and to ensure every one of my employees would radiate this belief in their work, language and manner of living.”

For decades, these words have served as a standard for our operations – and a measure of our commitment to the families we serve. And today, while we’ve changed and grown in many ways that Porter Sr. might not have fathomed, we think he’d be gratified to see the results of a prediction he made during that same speech so long ago: “We will continue to grow professionally, as long as we hold to our original ideals, and as long as each of us grasps the spirit of the organization.”

If he could see us now, he’d know how absolutely right he was.

 


Porter Loring, Sr.

Porter Loring, Jr.

Porter Loring, III

Helen Loring Dear

Porter Loring McCullough
Phone: (210) 227-8221
1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212

Porter Loring North
Phone: (210) 495-8221
2102 N. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio, TX 78232

Porter Loring West (Coming Soon!)
1710 W. Loop 1604 N., San Antonio, TX 78251


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