Porfirio was born on the McFaddin Ranch. His parents, Virginia Villarreal and Lee Urbano, came from San Diego, Texas where they had a ranch but lost it. He doesnâ€™t know his grandparents. Porfirio started riding a Shetland pony when he was a small boy, learning to be a cowhand by watching the â€śold headsâ€ť. His father was a tophand â€śall the wayâ€ť but died when Porfirio was nine years old. He and his brother, Tony", had to go to work to help support the family. They stayed on the McFaddin Ranch their entire lives. Porfirio credits McFaddin foreman, Valentine Konrad, with teaching him how to work cattle. His consummate skill as a rider and a roper generated an area-wide reputation. He taught a lot of the younger men including both Kerry McCan and Kerry's son, Bobby McCan. Porfirio's brother was a cowhand and his son, Lee, is a pasture rider. Porfirio was a relatively quiet man but generous with his endless knowledge of cattle and horses.
“Monkey see, monkey do — that’s how I learned.”