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Donald Wayne Collins
Donald Wayne Collins, of Rocklin and formerly of Salinas, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013, just weeks away from his 76th birthday. Don was born October 28, 1937 in Soledad, to Birdie Brunken and George William Collins.
Don lived most of his life in Salinas then moved to Rocklin in 1998. He graduated from Salinas High class of 1956. He entered the US Army Reserve in 1961 where he served at the Presidio of San Francisco and Fort Ord until 1967.
Don retired from Monterey County Department of Public Works as Maintenance Manager, having started in the Construction and Pool crew 39 years before at the age of 21. He made many life long friends there. Aside from his day job, Don also developed his business complex, Abbott Center, on what was once family land.
Don was happiest at his spot in Christmas Cove at Nacimiento Lake where he spent every weekend he could. He relished his time there with his family and friends water skiing, fishing and sitting by the campfire.
Good neighbor Don was always willing to help with a project, lend some tools, or offer advice. He loved to throw parties, barbeque, and make his famous beans.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta; daughters, Karyn Deaville (Matt) of Paso Robles, Diane LaMarca (Justin) of Salinas, Sharon Harney (Brian) of Salinas, Marianne Lester (Bill) of Monterey, Michelle Croffoot of Lincoln; and son, Gerry Rhodes (Anna) of Lincoln. He also leaves behind his sister, Joann Davis of Paso Robles; 12 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; a great-grandson due in December; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Hughes; and brothers, Gene and Gerald Collins.
His life will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Crossroads Community Church, 5190 Front St., Rocklin, CA 95765.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2013, at Garden of Memories, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Published in The Salinas Californian from Oct. 18 to Oct. 21, 2013