Fort Worth, Texas, resident Richard "Rick" Lee Doyle-Collins died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his home. He was 54.
A family graveside service will be held at the Sleeping Meadows Family Cemetery in Kenai at a later date.
Mr. Collins was born Dec. 31, 1954, to James Hugh Doyle and Irene Sara (Funk). He lived in the Fort Worth area for several years after moving from California. He attended high school at Parker High in Parker, Ariz. He started his career in telecommunications after graduating from high school and continued working towards a degree in telecommunications at Golden Gate University, Calif. Mr. Collins worked as an engineer for several different telephone companies in Arizona, California and Texas.
"He was very committed to the Lord. He attended church regularly at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. He was very involved in the men's Sunday school class at First Baptist Church," his family said. "He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed his alone time with his special bird, Skeeter. Having grown up by the Colorado River, he enjoyed water skiing and spending time along the river. Rick enjoyed working on his cars, collecting guns and passed his mechanical skills on to his son, Sean."
Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his mother, in 1976.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Lori Collins and grandchildren Emma and Cameron of Port Orchard, Wash.; father and step-mother, James and Trina Doyle of Kenai; sisters, Julie Cooley of Lakeport, Calif., Shari Doyle and family of Kenai, Denice Tourtellot and her husband, David, of Soldotna; brother, James C. Doyle and his wife, Sharon of Anchorage; nephews, Nickolus Albonico and family of Susanville, Calif., and Marcus Albonico and family of Fountain, Colo.; nieces, Erica Newby and family and Megan and Jenna Doyle of Anchorage; uncles and aunt, Pat and Mary Doyle and family of Kenai, Mike Doyle and family of Nappa, Calif., and Molly Niblack and family of Mission, B.C.
The family suggests remembrances in Mr. Collins memory be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.
Local arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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