Collier, William Joe
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William Joe Collier passed away at his home on Thursday March 20, 2014 after a short illness. He was born January 16, 1938 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a lifelong resident of Phoenix and very active in his professional career of Forensic Science. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter. He is survived by his son, Michael Collier and three grandchildren Katrina Johnson, Nicholaus Collier, and Alexander Collier, and five great grandchildren. He also had three step-children Mella Williams, Michael Slagle and Mark Slagle. Joe graduated from Baylor University in 1960 and began his career here in Phoenix directly after graduation. He was the Director of the Phoenix Police Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory for nearly 30 years and most recently has been a private consultant in the Forensic field, providing analysis and investigation services. He taught courses on Drugs, Narcotics, and Criminalistics at the Department of Police Science at Phoenix College. He taught courses at Glendale Community College and lectured at Arizona State University and the Phoenix Police Academy. His work in Toxicology, Drugs, Forensic Chemistry, and Criminalistics spanned over 50 years. He was a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science and a member of many other professional and scientific organizations. He also was a black belt in Judo and enjoyed traveling. He will be greatly missed by both friends and family. Services will be held Thursday, March 27th at 11:00 AM at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd. Peoria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria, AZ 85381
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 23, 2014