Long-time county Planning Commissioner Jim Porras dies suddenly
PALM DESERT – County Planning Commissioner Jim Porras, 59, died suddenly Friday morning after he awoke early complaining of chest pains. His wife took Mr. Porras immediately to the emergency room but he passed away around 5 a.m.
Supervisor John J. Benoit praised Mr. Porras’ work in the community as a teacher, planning commissioner and volunteer.
“I am saddened by Jim’s unexpected passing” Benoit said. “Jim spent 17 years as an exceptionally dedicated and effective planning commissioner. He worked many evenings, and frequently many long full days, representing his neighbors. He did all this with very little recognition or compensation. He was just a wonderful, caring citizen of the Coachella Valley. We will miss him immensely.”
“My wife, Sheryl, and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Jim, his wife, Linda, and the entire Porras family,” he said.
Mr. Porras was a graduate of Coachella Valley High School and Pomona College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations. He was a teacher at Coachella Valley High School. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and a son.
Plans for services have not yet been announced.