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Brent Collins
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Obituary for Brent Collins

It is with great love that we celebrate the life of Brent Foster Collins who passed peacefully on Saturday May 26, 2018.

Brent was born in Asmara, Eritrea, Ethiopia on July 30, 1967, the son of Jodie Collins and the late Rev. J. Denton Collins, missionaries in Ethiopia. Brent lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with his older sister Shelly Carlson until he was 9, when they returned to the US. He has many fond childhood memories and love for Ethiopia.

Brent had a variety of occupations cook, Saag’s, construction, he even ran his own business for a time (Mirror Images), before deciding to join SMW 104 Union (Sheet Metal Worker’s). Brent excelled in this industry working his way quickly from an apprentice to journeyman. He was very proud of this accomplishment, and really enjoyed the work. He was able to work on some very large projects throughout the Bay Area, including the California Academy of Science.

Brent had a gentle and kind spirit, and a great sense of humor, a gentle way of teasing, and a wonderful laugh! He was known for his big warm wonderful hugs! He really enjoyed life, spending time with family and friends, nature and animals, playing softball, golf, taking walks, fishing, kayaking, and traveling with his wife and grandchildren. He was also a fairly talented artist. He was an amazing husband to Cindy, father to Nicole, Papa to five grandchildren, and a wonderful family man (son, brother, uncle) and truly enjoyed spending time with them all.

He was preceded in death by his father Denton, his grandparents Elmer John & Blanche Iva Blankenship Collins; and Frances and Ben Pavone; his first grandson Jack Maverick Beardsley; and his niece Paige Carlson.

He is survived by his wife Cindy; his mother Jodie; his sister Shellie and her husband Dave Carlson; his daughter Nicole and her husband Matt Beardsley; his four grandchildren Caitlyn Swansick, Kyah Bailey, Cash Beardsley, and Ezra Beardsley, and his beloved nieces Toyha Todd, Tawney Davis and Tess Carlson, and their families.

Family and friends will celebrate his life privately July 8, 2018.

The memory of Brent’s wonderful warm, kind and loving spirit will live in our hearts forever.


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