Collier, Douglas W. Jr.
passed away on September 5, 2012. A most talented and introspective soul was lost recently with the passing of Douglas W. Collier, Jr. from this earth into the arms of our heavenly Father. Doug was born in Indiana to Jeanne Blakley and Douglas Collier, Sr. At 18, Doug joined the Marine Corps and was stationed in CA. While serving his country, Doug honed his skills as a draftsmen/engineer. He later attended UCLA and began a lifelong career in the foodservice design industry. Doug moved to Phoenix in the early 1970s, opening a foodservice design company through which he designed and coordinated the installation of commercial kitchen projects for hotels, casinos and restaurants throughout the United States. Doug married Catherine Leach and they had two children, Adam and Christine. Doug was a fixture within the AZ GOP in the 1980s, serving in several leadership positions. Doug was an artist, collector and contemplative personality who in his later years enjoyed living in Austin, TX and teaching the sport of fly fishing to grandson Julian. Doug was predeceased by brother Billy Brown. He is survived by his mother Jeanne (Bernard Blakley), father Douglas (Jean), wife Cathy, sons Tre, Adam (Juana), daughter Christine, grandsons Doug Vincent and Julian Collier, sisters Julie Galley and Pam Collier, brother Barry (Carla) Brown and Randy (Julie) Collier and a large, extended family. Doug will be deeply missed and fondly remembered as a creative and dedicated patriot. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m. at Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ. Contributions in Doug's memory can be made to Redeemer Presbyterian Church Building Fund/Kitchen, 2111 Alexander Ave., Austin, Texas, 78722.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 26, 2012