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Richard B. Collins
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Richard Collins, or Dick as he was known to his friends, passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the age of 79 following a courageous 6-month battle with cancer. Dick was born on December 1, 1933, in Santa Barbara, California, attended schools in Los Angeles, married his wife, Pat, in 1958, and served as a Sheriff in Lancaster County. He then earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Soon after, he joined Jim Barrett at his law firm and created Barrett, Stearns, Collins, Gleason, Kinney, one of the largest law firms in the South Bay of Southern California. Dick and Jim were great friends and after a trip to Napa, Dick encouraged him to buy Chateau Montelena Winery. He was also one of the youngest American Bar Association Presidents. For more than 40 years Dick specialized in Real Estate law, working with Ernie Hahn and the Coppola Brothers at Macerich on many shopping center developments. Starting in 1996 Dick spent the majority of his time with what he considered his true calling in Marin, California, his service to the community. His many philanthropic endeavors included Marin Clean Energy, Tiburon Town Council where he was Town Mayor, and The Downtown Tiburon Task Force. Some of his many interests included tennis at the Belvedere Tennis Club where he was President in 2003, traveling the globe with his wife & family, waterskiing at the family cabin at Lake Arrowhead, fantasy football, playing basketball, boating and spending time with family and friends. An unstoppable Trojan fan, Dick spent years tailgating with his family and friends at the LA Coliseum. One of his great loves was playing poker in Gardena, Vegas and Monte Carlo. Dick is survived by his wife, Pat, of 55 years who he met on a date in Berkley as he was leaving for his tour of duty with the army in England. His warmth with people is reflected in the outpouring of affection from hundreds who have been touched by him throughout the years. Dick is also survived by his three daughters, Kit Collins of Mill Valley, Lisa Collins-Adams of San Rafael, and Erin Getty of Hermosa Beach. Dick has had a private burial. A celebration of his life will take place on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Rolling Hills Estates. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze .com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 14, 2013
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