Stephen Charles Porianda

June 25, 1951January 10, 2019

Memorial mass will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10815 N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.


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  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Stephen Charles Porianda

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Brendan White

January 16, 2019

I first met Coach Po when he was my coach for JV football at NDP. He was always fun to be around. What separated him from other coaches I've had was his ability to challenge his players. He challenged me to be tougher than I ever thought I was, lessons I still use today in college football. He knew how to put a smile on a player's face when they needed it, but he never sugar coated the truth. I went on to have the pleasure of having Coach Po in my group for a Kairos retreat, where I learned of the immense love he had for his friends and family. Coach Po knew how to mold boys and girls into men and women, and those who had him as a teacher, coach, or friend are better for it.

Ron Gadus

January 15, 2019

Steve and I shared many opportunities both personally & professionally over the years. He was an amazing motivational coach & teacher at WHS & NDP.
The "snake" , a wrestling insider nickname, was special to him , and led our friendship to even attend a crazy WWE Event in Phoenix with his brother ,Pete.
Upon retirement & a move to NDP as AD , I recommended Steve as a coach & exceptional science educator which he accepted & he enjoyed the transition. It was a treat visiting with him in the classroom & especially seeing his impact on the young coaching staff where he displayed his inspirational work with athletes. We laughed about his 1st wrestling room with mirrors on the walls ( dance classroom in gym ) and he never voiced a complaint.
I'll miss you dear friend! Thanks for all you've given to so many athletes, parents ,students & colleagues during your exceptional career!

Fran Johnston

January 15, 2019

I will always cherish the memories of eating lunch in Steve's room 'Poriandaland' st WHS. Tom Polliard and I had many memorable conversations with Steve. Every year when we came back from Winter break he would tell us about climbing up Camelback on New Year's day with his brother. We both could tell how close the brothers were. Steve was always smiling when he talked about him. We talked about our children and I was privileged to hear how his sons, daughter and wife were were doing. It was easy to tell how much he enjoyed his family life.
His professional life was sterling. He shaped so many young lives coaching and teaching. To all of Steve's family, my deep condolences. Steve made a difference and will be remembered with admiration and respect.

Fr. Phil Evanstock

January 14, 2019

Steve and I taught for many years at Notre Dame Prep. It was always a pleasure to get together with Steve to discuss school and world issues. He was considerate and thoughtful in all that he did. Never a harsh word-- he showed kindness to everyone. His presence made Notre Dame Prep a better place.

The Lord has welcomed a great addition to heaven.

Andrew. Mier

January 14, 2019

Mr Porianda was one of my favorite teachers even though I was not in his class. He was always roaming the halls of Independence and was sure to make you smile with something he would say. He made a lasting impression on all of us in our early years. Our school was a family and we lost one of our favorite brothers. Rip

Patty (O'Donnell) Kloog

January 14, 2019

I can still see Mr. Porianda sitting on his desk flipping or tapping his pencil with that big grin or smile on his face. He made my biology class fun at Washington High back in 1975. He had nick names for kids and he called me O'DO because of my maiden name O'Donnell. He was a young teacher that was determined to help kids learn and be the best they could be. My heart goes out to his family & friends. God bless you and may you smile when you think of all the wonderful memories Steve left you with. Thank you Mr. Porianda for making a difference in so many peoples lives. With Love, Patty

Margaret Garcia Dugan

January 13, 2019

“Steve was one of the best teachers at Washington High School ‘ - I heard this from his many students. After getting to know Steve as one of the administrators at Washington , I could see why. He made his classes interesting and always treated his students with dignity and respect. He was a joy to observe teach and coach. His impact on students’ lives will be forever be cherished. My condolences to his family.

Grace LeVally

January 13, 2019

Mr. Porianda was by far one of my favorite teachers at NDP. He came to work every day with humor and sass. As someone who has always hated science, he made the subject not only enjoyable, but easy to learn.

My brothers were both coached on the football team by Mr. Porianda and they both loved him. My parents were always avid football fans and he was one of their all time favorite teachers/ coaches at NDP.

To the Porianda family- Mr. Porianda was a truly great man and the entire LeVally family will miss him. Our prayers are with you all.

Robin Ray-Hollowell

January 13, 2019

Mr. Porianda was one of the teachers that stood out! I was a TA for him! He was a great mentor. I saw him several years back and we caught up for a bit! He was a great teacher and an even better person! Rest In Peace! You will be missed!

Brooke Blakeman (Gauvin)

January 12, 2019

Wow. Reading through some of these is so sweet. So many people loved him. And so much overlap! His love for CCR, his ability to keep our pride in check, his kindness, his consistency, all of that is noted by so many people. One thing I read that is so true— he would stand outside the door at Notre Dame and watch as people transitioned classes. He watched a lot, and seemed one of those people who’s quicker to listen than speak.

In high school I was very insecure, and many of us were. I have a twin sister and she (in my mind) was the smarter one. Mr. Porianda put me in a group of four kids in Biology called The Powerhouse. We were all smart and very quiet. I don’t know how they felt, but it made me feel so special and validated. I felt smart in his class. And seen. Mr. Porianda’s kindness was quiet, consistent, and fatherly. I really appreciated him.

I work now in a science field as a behavior analyst at a school for students with autism. I have been doing this for 10 years— since high school. My job takes confidence. I attribute a piece of this to him very clearly believing in my abilities in science and as a person. It almost sounds too perfect, that a teacher can actually inspire students to be good for the world. But he succeeded, and with a large amount of humility each day.

I am really going to miss him in the world. I hope his family feels loved by all of these memories.