Gary L. Collard, 56, passed away at home on March 7, 2013, after a tough battle with lung cancer.
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Gary was born in Emmett, Idaho, on July 28, 1956, to Harold and Loretta Collard. He attended school in Emmett and graduated in 1975.
He was always fascinated with mechanics and spent most of his working life either driving trucks or repairing them. He wandered to other states over the years, but always returned home to Emmett where his heart always stayed.
Anyone who knew Gary knew he sometimes had a tough time with life, but in the end he understood what was important: those you love and those who love you in return - warts and all.
Gary leaves behind his partner Mitzi; three children Angie (Justin) Green of Challis, Mike Collard of Star and Amanda (Rick) Averill of Michigan; one step-son Jeremiah Cornwell of Nampa; nine grandchildren; brothers John (Norene) Collard of Utah and Mark (Carol) Collard of Nampa and sister Rita Nebeker of Emmett; life-long friend and caregiver Chuck Goslin.
He was preceded in death by parents Harold and Loretta Collard.
At Gary's request a private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Make-a- Wish foundation would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much to XL Hospice, Gary's doctors and nurses at St. Lukes and MSTI and especially to Chuck who traveled so far to help Gary pass from this life.
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Mar. 8 to Apr. 7, 2013