• "In loving memory of my brother."
    - Shirley Haskins
  • "I met Jimmy when I was 9 or 10 and Barb and I became..."
  • "My condolences to Jimmie's family and friends. The world..."
    - Terry Walsh
  • "Jim, you will be missed by many. I will not forget the..."
    - Bruce Edwards
  • "Jim was a great friend. Our fishing experiences remain..."
    - Bruce Edwards

August 14, 1944 - May 21, 2015

Jim was born August 14, 1944, in Wheaton, MO, to Dorothy "Dottie" (Fossard) Collings and Virgil "Rip" Collings. He passed away at his home at the age of 70 on May 21, 2015, in Lone Tree, CO, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was raised on a farm outside Wheaton until the age of four. At that time his father accepted a job as a guard working at The Hanford Nuclear Reservation with GE in Richland. Jim, his mother and sister travelled by train to join Virgil and moved to Richland in 1948. As his dad was transferred within the Guard Union, the family moved to several locations until Jim was in the 5th grade when they moved back to Richland permanently. They had lived in Klamath Falls, OR; Mercury, NV; Ipava, IL; and Mulvane, KS.

Jim attended elementary school in Ipava and Mulvane before finishing 5th grade at Jefferson, Jason Lee and Spalding. He attended Spalding for 6th grade, Chief Joseph Junior High School and Columbia High School (aka Richland High School) graduating in 1962. He then attended CBC for three years, earning an Associate's Degree in Computer Sciences in 1965 (the second class to graduate from Columbia Basin College in Computer Sciences.)

He attended the Richland Baptist Church and played for several years on the church's basketball team. Fishing was a passion and many trips to O'Sullivan catching crappie were enjoyed with his family as well as fishing for bass on the Columbia River and for trout at the Potholes.

Jim married Jan Lawson in 1965, and they moved to Boise, ID, after accepting a job with Boise Cascade. Their daughter, Jamie, was born in Boise in 1966. Jim and Jan were later divorced.

He programmed and managed information systems for his entire career. Following Boise Cascade, he worked for Princess Cruises and Wells Fargo Bank. He also was employed at a diamond mine in Colombia, South America, where he met Belinda Adelaida. They returned to the states and were married in 1984. Their daughter, Adriana, was born in 1994. Jim and Belinda later divorced. At one time, Jim also owned his own company which provided contract programmers in the Denver area.

Jim is preceded in death by his mother in 2003; his father in 2011; and by Alan Collings, his step-brother.

He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Jamie Collings (Dr. Mark Kling) and Adriana Collings; grandsons, Keaton and Kameron Kling; his sisters, Shirley Collings Haskins (Dennis) and Barbara Collings; step-mother, Wilma Collings; step-brother Bruce Collings; nephew, Dustin Collings; nieces, Lindsay Haskins Gailey (Brad) and Kelly Haskins Retter (Jared); great-nephews, Wyatt and William Gailey, and Patrick Retter; numerous cousins; two aunts; and numerous friends, among them close friend, Bruce Edwards.

Jim was a loving father, grandfather, brother and son; and his happiest times were spent with his family. The BBQ came on whenever family or friends showed up at his home. A wonderful man with a positive outlook on where he was headed even if it was back to the grocery store for the 3rd time during dinner preparations because the guests wanted to add to the menu. We will forever miss the laughter and love he showered upon us.

For the Class of 1962 - Jim enjoyed the 50-year class reunion and seeing all of you again.

Per his request, he was cremated and there were no services. A celebration of life may be held at a later date in Richland.

Please consider making donations to the in Jim's name at www.Cancer.org.

Published in Tri-City Herald from June 2 to June 4, 2015
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