Feb. 18, 1953 –– Nov. 4, 2017
Jim Bob (James Patrick) Collier, 64, of Joseph, passed away peacefully after a long-term illness Nov. 4, 2017 in Enterprise.
Jim was a 1972 graduate of Union High School. During his time there, he was a standout athlete who went on to play collegiate football and baseball at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls and eventually semi-pro baseball for a time.
Jim was a beloved coach, long-time logger, rancher, avid outdoorsman, creative craftsman, hard worker and life-long friend to many. Jim truly never met a stranger and loved to share his larger-than-life stories, lots of laughter, and big heart.
He is survived by his wife Tanya, his mother Patricia, his brother Joseph (Carol), his son JR (Lisa), his daughters Jamie (Aaron) and Crystal (Brian), his nephew Nathan, his seven grandchildren –– Gavin, Hailey, Ellie, Trace, Rhyson, Tori, and Brianna –– and his many foster and adopted children, grandchildren, and family friends over the years.
A Celebration of Life will be noon Saturday, Nov. 25, at Hot Lake Springs in La Grande. This is a casual event –– come as you are and share your stories. Food, a slideshow, storytelling and a tour of the Hot Lake grounds highlighting the special projects Jim worked on during his time there will be featured. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The family is also planning several ashes ceremony trips in the upcoming year to some of his favorite outdoor places. If you are interested in attending any of these casual events, please plan to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Joseph Charter School -Boys Baseball Program, P.O. Box 787, Joseph, OR 97846.