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Darryl "Tim" Collins

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Darryl "Tim" Collins, passed away at the age of 67 on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, in Salt Lake City, with his wife and two sons by his side. Tim was born in Greeley, Colo., and attended CSU where he obtained a degree in civil engineering.
He helped design airfields in Vietnam and soon after, working as a surveyor for the Forest Service, started his own land surveying business in Alamogordo in 1971. 
He moved to Ruidoso in 1979, when the area began to flourish and was one of the most influential surveyors both in the state of New Mexico and in Lincoln County. He served as the New Mexico Professional Surveyor's treasurer for 10 years and was an expert at subdivision development, laying out and designing a majority of the subdivisions within Ruidoso, Alto and Lincoln County.  
Tim collected antique tractors and memorabilia and was a fanatical NASCAR fan. He took up dirt track racing in his 60s and raced as No. 77 in the Street Stock Class at the Sertoma Speedway outside of Tularosa. He enjoyed sipping on margaritas in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and boating at Elephant Butte.
Tim loved his work and spent countless hours running his business, D.T. Collins and Associates PC, where he was actively mentoring his son Eric toward acquisition of the business. He was an old-school surveyor, who could remember the history of the land, who owned it, knowing how and why the boundaries where created and he would astound all by the sheer amount of knowledge that was packed in his head.
He was known to many as a straight-shooter, whose recommendations you could rely on and trust. To his family, he was an unselfish husband, father and grandfather, who worked hard to provide for others and had a soft heart that would bring smiles and laughter to all those he touched. 
He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Edwin Collins, and his mother, Edna Dell McGee. He is survived by his wife, Christena Jennings; brother Doug Collins; sons Gary Collins, and Eric Collins and his wife Anessa; grandchildren Gavin Timothy Collins, Richard Jennings Jr, Lindsey Jennings and Lauren Jennings; daughters-in-law Allison Jennings and Katharine Jennings; brother-in-law Richard Jennings Sr.; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his former wife, Geraldine Collins.
A visitation and an open reception will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. A memorial service at 1 p.m. will follow. Childcare will be provided from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All services are being held at the First Baptist Church of Ruidoso at 270 Country Club Drive across from Cree Meadows Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please place a donation in Tim's name at the Humane Society of Lincoln County.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 20 to Mar. 5, 2008
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