William Douglas Collins (Evergreen)

Born: Sat., Oct. 1, 1938
Died: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019


Memorial Service

10:30 AM Tue., Dec. 10, 2019
Location: United Center


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William Douglas Collins, 81. Bill as he was known, was born in Van Lear, Kentucky on October 1, 1938 and passed in Idaho Springs, Colorado on November 27, 2019.

He is survived by his three children Christie Griffith, Corrie Collins, Casey (Wendy) Collins. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren Cortney Griffith, Hope Griffith, Alex Collins, Shawn Collins, Heather Collins, Megan Collins, and three great-grandchildren Christian Recktenwald, Glorawyn Colver and Thalion Colver. He married Marjorie Veitch in 1963, a Canadian by birth...beginning a family of Canadian Hillbillies.The family lived in Michigan until 1977 then moved to Colorado where he continued to live his dream flying lear jets, as commercial jets were "too slow." He retired in 1997 to his peaceful cabin on the side of the mountain. He enjoyed time with his family and friends, loving and training his dogs, shooting practices with all types of guns, fishing and watching the sunsets from his cozy cabin in awe of the purple mountains majesty. He had numerous adventures and flew all over the world,  including hunting and fishing in Canada and the United States, diving in the Florida Keys, and raising horses in Texas. Bill will be greatly missed and forever remembered as the patriarch of the Collins family. The love he surrounded everyone in his life with, will be in our hearts always.

A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:30 am at the United Center in Idaho Springs. Burial will follow at Ft. Logan Cemetery in Denver at 2:15 pm staging area C. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Friends of Charlie’s Place - In honor of William D. Collins, P.O. Box 292, Dumont, Colorado 80436, (303) 668-0924.

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Patty Palladino
   Posted Mon December 16, 2019
Bill Collins was a stand up guy, always good company and a good friend. For a guy who thought
bar fights were fun, commercial jets too slow and with more flight hours and parachute jumps than
you can tally these days, it's seems paradoxical that he would chose a quiet cabin on a mountain to
retire to after all the action packed years. He loved it there and when it came time to stop flying it was
his family who helped him make that difficult transition. His family became his anchor and in his last
years his biggest concern was that they would all be alright.
He gives Marjorie the credit of course, but as talented, confident and capable as you all are I think
Bill can rest easy on that one. God Bless you all, many are heartbroken for you and with you.

Tracy Saraduke
   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
We knew Bill as an acupuncture patient. I'll never forget him cracking jokes shamelessly or talking about Sheba every time he came. We are reading Louis L'amore in his memory and had hoped to send him a Christmas card. We will save the Snoopy card. Bill will be a hard act to follow!

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