Lamar Porter was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Q. L. Porter of Little Rock. He was born August 17, 1913, educated in Little Rock's public schools and would later graduate from Sewanee Military Academy in 1931. He was a junior at Washington and Lee University in Virginia when he died in an automobile accident on May 12, 1934.

To memorialize his life, the family of Lamar Porter donated the land and contributed money for construction of the Lamar Porter Complex. His mother, Louise Skillern Porter, and aunt, Pauline Skillern Jordan, and his brother, Jim S. Porter, Sr., made the donation on the first anniversary of Lamar's death which coincidentally fell on Mother's Day.

Lamar Porter's namesake Lamar Porter, the son of Jim S. Porter, Jr., serves as secretary of the Lamar Porter Complex Revitalization Committee and works to insure the intentions of his family's gift continues to be honored. Lamar summed the situation up recently by stating, "A memorial serves no purpose if it ceases to exist. This complex needs revitalization soon, or it will meet the same fate as Ray Winder Field."