Mike Collins, 59, from Alamosa, Colorado, died in a snowmobile accident on February 27, 2016 in the Snowy Range, just West of Laramie, Wyoming. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and dear friend.
Mike was born November 10, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lois E. and William R. Collins. He grew up in the Livonia, Michigan area and graduated from Churchill High School in 1974. After high school Mike went to college for one year at School Craft College and then transferred to the University of Wyoming where he received two Bachelors Degrees in Soils and Ag. Mech. in 1980 and 1981.
Mike stayed in Laramie where he later met his wife Stacy on December 31, 1985. They were married on January 17, 1987 in Laramie, Wyoming.
Mike worked for Northern Gas Company while in Laramie. He then went on to work for 29 years for the (U.S.D.A) Natural Resources Conservation Service where he thoroughly enjoyed his time as a Soil Scientist and Soil Conservationist.
Mike and Stacy first moved to Chanute A.F.B., Illinois where Stacy was stationed, and then transferred to Kirtland A.F.B. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is where Mike took his first job with the U.S.D.A. (and where Dustin was born). The family lived in the following places: Wheatland, Wyoming, (Michelle was born in Laramie); Afton, Wyoming; Gillette, Wyoming; Jamestown, North Dakota; and Alamosa, Colorado.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother Lois Thompson Collins. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Stacy Stapp Collins; son, Dustin Collins of Cody, Wyoming; daughter, Michelle Collins of Laramie, Wyoming; Father, William Collins of Livonia, Michigan; brother Gary Collins (Linda) from Bend, Oregon; Sister Linda Reid (Robert) of Livonia, Michigan; Sister Janice Collins (Fred) from Temperance, Michigan; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews.
A funeral will take place on March 2, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Laramie, Wyoming at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home for family and friends. A memorial will take place in Alamosa, Colorado at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on April 2, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Soil and Water Conservation Society. This organization can be contacted at 945 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023 or by calling 515-289-2331 ext. 118. Donations can also be made on-line at www.swcs.org/Donate/ in Honor of Michael Collins.