Collin James Keck, age 22, of Bozeman passed away Sept. 18, 2008, in Auburn, Wash., in a bicycle accident pedaling to work.
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Collin graduated from Bozeman High School in 2004. He graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University in 2008 with a degree in civil engineering with honors. At Gonzaga, Collin was on the President's List and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. While in college, Collin interned with Barnard Construction of Bozeman. He also worked at the Ridge Athletic Club in Bozeman and for the U.S. Forest Service in Livingston. Collin had just begun working at Parametrix in Sumner, Wash., as a Level 1 civil engineer.
Collin's interests were many, varied and ever growing. He enjoyed years of acting with the Equinox Theater Company. His musical talents included drumming with the Bozeman High School band, playing piano and guitar, and singing with several choirs. From an a cappella solo in grade school, to singing with the BHS Jazz Choir, the NWACDA Honor Choir, and the BBT Choir at Gonzaga, Collin always shared the music in his heart.
Collin developed a love of the outdoors after some initial coercion from his parents. Some of his favorites were snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, playing soccer, fly fishing, golfing, and especially rock climbing with his brother, Russell. Collin would try anything and strove to excel. He enjoyed travel, photography, drawing and so much more.
Collin was hard-working and would tackle any project he set his mind to. His senior project at Gonzaga for Engineers Without Borders was a concept design of sustainable orphanages in sub-Saharan Africa. He also spent a term at University College of Cork in Ireland where he pioneered new opportunities for engineering students to study abroad.
Collin loved spending time with people. He shared his kindness and joyful spirit with family, friends, children, teachers, mentors, elders and co-workers. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Collin is survived by his parents, Mary and Tom Keck of Bozeman; brother, Russell of Seattle; grandmothers, Dorothy Keck of Bozeman, and Jane Norris of Bloomington, Minn.; great-uncle, Jim and great-aunt, Pat Tromans of Lord's Valley, Pa.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by great-grandmother, (Nana) Elsie Tromans; great-aunt, Willa Norris; and grandfathers, Harold Keck and William Norris.
Collin's life will be celebrated with a vigil on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dokken Nelson Funeral Home, 113 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Holy Rosary Church, 220 W. Main St., followed by a gathering from 4 to 8 p.m. at Beall Park, 409 N. Bozeman Ave. Private interment in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are preferred to The Collin Keck Memorial Fund. Details at www.collinkeck.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Sept. 23 to Sept. 24, 2008