Aaron Collins Sr., 76, passed away on May 2, 2014, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Services were held on May 3, 2014 at St Anthonys Catholic Church with Father Fred Bugarin officiating. Pallbearers; Mathew Meyer, Glen Yancha, Philip West, James West, Aaron Collins Jr.
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Aaron was born on January 16, 1938 in Gonzales, Louisiana. After graduating high school he attended Modesto Junior College for Criminal Justice Training Center, University of Southern California-Advanced Accident Investigation and the University of South Alabama. He joined the US Coast Guard at the young age of 17 and he wanted to travel the world. He spent 3 years living in Juneau, 4 years in Kodiak, and moved to Anchorage when he retired after 34 years from the US Coast Guard in 1995.
He was a member of St. Anthonys Catholic Church. He received a Leadership and Management Award, multiple US Coast Guard Good Conduct Award Fidelity Obedience, Letter of Appreciation for Unfailing Dedication and Devotion to Duty, Appreciation of Service Award, multiple certificates of training and multiple certificates of appreciation. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and helping people. He loved old hats, shoes and his Mark V and old model cars.
His family stated, "Aaron loved going to parties and dancing. He enjoyed shopping, and he loved ice cream, peanut patties and pralines. He was known as buttercup. He was a firm believer in education and received multiple awards and certifications throughout his life. He was loved and will be truly missed."
Aaron is survived by his wife, Lucida Collins of Anchorage, Alaska; his children, Doreen Castex, Catherine Collins, Aaron Collins Jr., Sharyl Ann Jones, Eric Collins, Angenetta Collins and Darlene Collins all of Houston, Texas. His siblings; Herbert Allen, Henry Collins, Louise Collins, Mary Lee Williams and Floyd Collins. His 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and former wife, Shirley Collins of Houston Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Collins and Leaster Smith; his son, Conrado Aaron Collins; his siblings, Willie Collins Jr., Doretha Darville and Janice Hunter; his grandson, Larry Christopher William Collins.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from May 7 to May 8, 2014