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Carl Lynn Collard Sr.

1923 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Carl Lynn Collard Sr. Obituary
Carl Lynn Collard, Sr. was born May 24, 1923 to Raymond and Mabel Collard in Pleasant Hill, Illinois, and was one of eleven children. From his humble beginnings, Carl lived a life filled with hard work, commitment to his community, and a love of his family. As a young man, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC camp) in Quincy, Illinois, and this is when he met the love of his life Imogene Marie Franks. They were married on July 2, 1942 in San Francisco, California. Carl was a newlywed when he announced his commitment to serving our country, by joining the army. During his service in World War II as Staff Sargent under General George S. Patton, Carl's first son, Carl Lynn Collard, Jr. was born. While fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, Carl was injured by a shrapnel shell explosion, and was honored with a purple heart. Thereafter, he came home to Imogene and his baby boy. From the time he landed back on American soil, he took to business and was very successful, running DeSoto Sedan Cab Company in San Francisco, California. He went on to own two Shell Gas Stations in Santa Rosa, California, which took him into retirement. One of his other greatest loves was spending time at his ranch in Booneville, California. You could find the entire family there most weekends, cooking, hiking, playing cards, and telling stories around the campfire. He loved his bulldozer, making roads on his land, driving around in his CJ-5 jeep, and working on his ranch. Carl and Imogene were fortunate to have four beautiful children: Carly Lynn Collard, Jr., Joyce Ann Collard, Brian Lance Collard, and Deborah Jean Collard. They were also blessed with 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and the newest to their family, 2 great, great grandchildren. How lucky to have spent 76 years together and have the ability to be a part of this family they created. Carl Collard, Sr. was cherished by all who have known him, and so loved by his family and friends. We will never forget his infectious smile, his belly laughs, and his pure love of his family. We will miss you daddy and grandpa! Funeral will be held grave side at 940 Low Gap Ukiah, CA. Thursday October 25th at 1:00PM, there will be a reception following at Jensen's truck stop.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Oct. 23, 2018
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