Helen Loring Dear

Helen Loring Dear

Helen Loring Dear

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Show Date: February 19th, 2020
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Maj. Gen. Robert D. “Bob” LaBrutta, USAF, ret.
Retired as Director, Military Force Management Policy
Headquarters, United States Air Force
The Pentagon, Washington, D.C


Porter Loring Mortuaries, Inc. was founded in 1918 and currently has two locations near downtown and one off 1604, with over 100 employees. The funeral home operations include serving families at the time of death, advanced planning, bereavement services, and community training/education.

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Helen Loring Dear is President of the fourth-generation family business that’s entrusted in the community to serve them at the hardest of times. She oversees day to day operations in all aspects of the business including supervising the bereavement counselor and the community coordinator.

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Helen graduated from Millsaps College, in Jackson, Mississippi in 2006 with a B.A. in psychology. While at Millsaps College she served as president of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was a three-year letterman of the softball team.


After Millsaps, she came back to San Antonio and graduated from San Antonio College with her associate’s degree in mortuary science. Helen also acquired her funeral directors license and her embalmers license through the State of Texas after completing the State provisional license requirements and passing the State Board Exams for each respective license.


Over the years, she has seen the funeral industry change and has been the frontrunner of grasping these changes within Porter Loring Mortuaries; such as, implementing and training the staffon the virtual selection room, a reception room and a funeral home dog.

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Helen has been a member of the Junior League of San Antonio since 2009, serving as Board Secretary in 2014; a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio since 2011, serving as a club director on the board in 2014-15 and 2015-16; member and board member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) of San Antonio since 2015

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Helen organized a round table to discuss teen suicide within our community from which the Alamo Area Teen Suicide Prevention Coalition was created and she currently serves as its’ honorary chair.

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2016 San Antonio Business Journal 40 under 40 Award Recipient and Rising Star 2017 Award Recipient of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes NextGen Professional of the Year Award

Helen is married to Jonathan Downs Dear and she is the mother of two children, ages seven and ten.

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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