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Jason Jeffrey Collier

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JASON JEFFREY COLLIER September 8, 1977-October 15. 2005 Jason J. Collier, age 28, of Springfield, OH, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2005. Born September 8, 1977 to Jeff and Joyce Collier, Jason grew up and spent most of his childhood in Springfield, attending Central Catholic High, where he was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball by the Associated Press in 1996. He averaged 25.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.6 blocks per game as a senior. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his devoted wife, Katie; his beautiful daughter, Elezan; a younger brother, Jared; and a younger sister, Julie, all of whom brought Jason such pride and joy. An agile, hard-working and personable athlete Jason was one of the nation's top recruits after leading Catholic Central to the Division IV state title in 1996. After recruiting visits to Indiana, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame and the University of Dayton, he selected Indiana on November 11, 1995. Jason transferred after one full season with the Hoosiers to Georgia Tech - father's alma mater. He honored his father, who played for the Yellow Jackets from 1972-1977, by wearing his number 52 during his two-year career. which saw him earn All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team honors as a junior and senior. In 1997 college games, Jason tallied 13.9 points and grabbed 7.1 rebounds. Jason became the fifth Springfield-area native to play in the NBA after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2000 MBA Draft. He was acquired by Houston later that summer and spent three seasons with the Rockets (2000-2003), before joining the Atlanta Hwaks on March 8, 2004. After playing for Georgia Tech and becoming the longest tenured Hawk, Jason became one of Atlanta's favorite athletes. While his awards and professional accomplishments are numerous, his athletic talents were not the greatest of his gifts. He was a proud and devoted father, loving husband and best friend to his wife, Katie with whom he shared a love of the outdoors and spending time with his family on his boat. He cherished his family, was dedicated to the job he loved, and approached every day with incredible energy and enthusiasm. When he wasn't on the court, he could be found eating breakfast at the Lantern Inn on Lake Lanier, fishing on his boat, playing guitar and spending as much time as possible with his wife and daughter. Their well being was his greatest concern, and his deep love for them always was paramount. At seven feet in height he cut a memorable figure, but it was his energy, kindness and laughter that made him a giant of a man to all who knew him. Jason entertained family and friends alike with his impressive Neil Diamond impersonation, his ability to quote lines from the movie Caddy Shack verbatim and his "magical" card tricks. In recent years, Jason used his degree from Georgia Tech to make plans for life after basketball by designing homes, including his own residence on Lake Lanier. He achieved much in a life that was cut far too short, but his spirit will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. The family will receive friends at the McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive in Cumming, GA, 30040, (770) 886-9899 on Tuesday, October 18 from 6-8 PM. The Celebration of Life Funeral Mass for Jason Collier will take place at the All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mt. Vernon Road in Dunwoody, GA, 30338, (770) 393-3255, on Wednesday, October 19 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jason J. Collier Charitable Fund which will provide educational and financial benefits to children in need. Jason J. Collier Charitable Fund, c/o Smith Barney, 3333 Peachtree Road NW, Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30326. You may express condolences on-line at www.mcdonaldandson.com. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory, Cumming, (770) 886-9899.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 18, 2005
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