John Patrick Collins
Former Nikiski resident John Patrick Collins died Sunday, March 26, 2006, in Katy, Texas. He was 46.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Ontario, Ore. The Rev. Robert Irwin will officiate.
Mr. Collins was born June 24, 1959, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Jack and Mary Kay Collins. He still has many relatives in Pittsburgh. He moved to Ontario, Ore., at age 8, and after high school graduation attended Treasure Valley Community College, where he was an outstanding tennis player. He went on to Oregon State, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. He worked in Washington, D.C. before returning to Oregon State to complete a master’s and doctorate, both in chemical engineering.
He married Renee Collins on June 14, 1997, in Algodones, N.M. He was employed at the British Petroleum Gas to Liquids Plant in Nikiski. Mr. Collins and his wife relocated to Texas a few months after he was diagnosed with brain cancer so he could participate in clinical trials at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. He continued to work with the Nikiski plant via computer and phone as much as his illness allowed him.
“He was a highly regarded scientist with numerous publications and six U.S. patents,” his family said.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Renee Collins; parents, Jack and Mary Kay Collins of Ontario; sisters, Margaret Collins of Ontario, Sally Jansen and her husband, John, of Oregon City, Ore., and Sheila Hart and her husband, Ken, of Ontario; brothers, Joe Collins and his wife, Kathie, of Ontario and Ed Collins and his wife, Nora, of Gilbert, Ariz.; in-laws, Luke and Jean Story of Dothan, Ala.; brother-in-law Grant Story and his wife, Jessica, of Arlington, Tenn.; 13 nieces and nephews; and many aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Healing Exchange Brain Trust or the American Brain Tumor Association.
Arrangements were made by Unity Funeral Home in Houston.
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