John Hale Collins

July 11, 1954December 22, 2012
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July 11, 1954 – December 22, 2012.

58 years young, “Pops” passed away on December 22, 2012 after an 8 month fight with cancer. Born July 11, 1954 in Denver, Colorado to John and Dorothy Collins; John was very proud of being a native Coloradoan and his family’s roots in their beautiful state. Preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothy, John is survived by his older brother Ralph, his wife of 34 years Elaine, son Josh, son Zach & (Nicole) Collins, and his grandsons Marshall and Jackson. John was a proud 32 year member of Pipefitters Local 208, including serving as a welding instructor for 12 years and a graduate of the UA instructor training program. John embodied the ideals and principles of organized labor and his trade. His dedication to mentoring, training and brotherhood has bettered the lives of so many, and will be truly missed. A Harley man through and through, John loved riding his bikes with friends and family; especially in the mountains. Whether as a coach, teacher, coworker, friend, father, grandfather or husband; his humor and kind heart will be our lasting memory of John. John’s memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday December 22, 2012 at Crown Hill Mortuary, Pavilion of Reflection. Pending suitable weather, anyone is welcome to bring their motorcycles to join “One Last Ride for John” following the service and prior to the reception. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Denver JATC 6350 N. Broadway, Ste 2, Denver, CO 80216. Proceeds will benefit the Pipefitters Apprenticeship Program.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 29, 2012

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R Straub

January 4, 2013

This is for John and the rest of his family. Just knew of him. Know of his family and the role they have been a part of with our union. Farewell to an asset for local 208. You will be missed and your family is in my prayers.

Kevin Deihl

December 30, 2012

To Elaine, Josh, Zach and extended family members, you all have my deepest sympathies for your loss. I shared alot of laughs with John, a big man with a big heart.

A.J. and Jann Gest

December 29, 2012

John and I went through our apprenticeship together, and later were instructors in our apprenticeship program. He had a lot to give and will be truly missed.

Tricia Cook

December 29, 2012

I had the great fortune to have had a truly wonderful brother-in-law for 34 years. John was a big man with an even bigger heart and a great love for family. John may be absent in our presence but will remain lovingly forever in our hearts and thoughts. Thank you, John, for all that you were to all of our family. We love and miss you so!

Lew White

December 29, 2012

I was greatly saddened to here of Johns passing.I didn't know him,I know he was a dear friend of Scott Fields and I work with Scott now. Lew White

December 29, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I appreciate John giving his time to teaching us welding. He was a really good teacher. Jill

Andre L. DePriest

December 29, 2012

John was a great boss, great instructor, and even a greater friend. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace brother.

Scott and Dot Fields

December 29, 2012

Many good memories of John. He is a friend and brother, and will be missed. Elaine, Josh and Zach, you are all in our hearts and thoughts. We Love You All.


December 29, 2012

John was the reason that myself and all of my close brothers are pipefitters today. The are no words to describe how lucky I was to have him as a friend, and better yet family. Keep her shiny side up brother.

bill johnson

December 29, 2012

John,we talked about restoring your caddy,we talked about restoring your ranchero, we talked. I loved you my friend!