Steve Thomas Collins Jr.

Steve T. Collins, Jr.
August 13, 1923 ~ January 14, 2014
Steve T. Collins, Jr, 90, passed away on January 14, 2014 in Boise, Idaho after a valiant fight with cancer.
Steve was born on August 13, 1923 to Steve T. Collins and Flora Wright Collins. The family moved to Boise, Idaho in 1937. Steve attended Boise High School and graduated in 1940 at the age of 16. Steve spent two years at Boise Junior College where he served as Student Body Vice President, played basketball and helped set the cornerstone for the Student Union Building. During this time in Boise, Steve met and began dating Patricia Anne Oxley. Steve spent the next two years at the University of Idaho. He was a starter on the men's varsity basketball team, a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following his graduation Steve entered the US Navy and on September 27, 1944 married the love of his life Patricia in New York. At the time of his passing he and Patricia were together and had recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Steve served his country as an engineering officer on LST #1142 until 1946.
Steve returned to Boise following the war and began his career in logging and construction equipment sales and service. He worked for Olsen Manufacturing and Southern Idaho Equipment Company. In 1959, Steve and Patricia moved to Sacramento, California where Steve opened and operated Northern California Euclid. Steve managed Nor-Cal Euclid until 1971 at which time he and Patricia decided to return to Boise to be close to family and pursue other interest. Steve worked with Idaho First National Bank, became a part owner in Starline Equipment Company and eventually returned to Morrison Knudsen Company until his retirement in 1987.
Steve and Patricia were active members of Plantation Golf Club and Crane Creek Country Club. He was a long standing member of the Masonic Lodge in Boise. Throughout his life he was an avid and accomplished golfer, bird hunter and fisherman. His healthy lifestyle allowed him to play golf up to and following his 90th birthday in August. He began shooting his age at 72 and was able to accomplish this feat consistently over the next 18 years. He actually shot his age following his 90th birthday. During Steve's golfing career he was a ranked player in Northern California and was a very successful tournament player for over 50 years. Steve served on the Course Rating Committee for the Idaho Golf Association and assisted at I.G.A. tournaments whenever needed. In recent years Steve was a member of his beloved Drifters Golf Group playing Tuesday and Thursday at area courses.
Steve is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Patricia Collins; daughter, Karen Collins; son, Craig Collins (Carolyn); granddaughter, Katie Collins; grandsons, Jason Swan (Meghan) and Robert Swan; great-granddaughters, Abigail and Kendall Swan; his brother, Richard Collins (Polly); and sister-in-law, Harriet Feeney. Steve was very fond of and close to his nieces and nephews and their families.
Steve will be remembered as a wonderful, kind and deeply compassionate man who loved his family and friends unconditionally.
The family would like to thank the staff of Plantation Place Assisted Living and XL Hospice for the compassion and exceptional care of our parents. A special thanks to the 6th floor at St. Luke's Meridian for their extraordinary care of our father in September. Donations may be made to The Idaho Golf Foundation, 501C3, P.O. Box 9958, Boise, Idaho 83707 to support scholarships for Junior Golfers in Idaho or the . Private services will be held at a later date.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Steve's memorial webpage at

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Summers Funeral Home - Boise Chapel
1205 West Bannock Street Boise, ID 83702
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Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 2, 2014