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Jeffrey Calvin Collier

December 12, 1950 ~ April 11, 2018 (age 67)


Jeffrey Calvin Collier was born December 12, 1950, near Turner, Oregon to Charles Calvin Collier and Arlene Fay (Petersen) Collier.  He passed away on April 11, 2018, at the age of 67. 
 
Recitation of the Rosary will be said Friday, April 20, 2018, at 6:30 PM in St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Baker City, OR.   Memorial Mass will be celebrated  Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 9:30 AM in the Cathedral.  Celebrant will be Most Reverend Liam Cary.  Following the Mass family and friends are invited downstairs to the Parish Hall for a luncheon.

Jeff grew up with his younger brother, Mike, raising & showing sheep and fishing along Mill Creek. He graduated from Cascade High School in 1969.  After high school, he attended Treasure Valley Community College. While in the agriculture program at TVCC, he met his best friend and soon-to-be wife, Colleen Marie Brennan. They transferred to Oregon State University and were married on September 9, 1972. 

After graduation at OSU, Jeff and Colleen moved to Unity, Oregon to embark on their first teaching jobs. As the high school ag teacher, Jeff started the vocational-agriculture program at Burnt River High School. Some of their fondest memories were made in Unity during their six years there, building fence together during the summer and teaching during the school year.
 
While in Unity, they welcomed their first son, Calvin Charles Collier, who was born in 1978. Their second son, Joseph Ira Collier was born 18 months later in 1979. Jacob John Collier joined the family in 1981 and rounded out their crew of rambunctious and adventurous boys. Jeff and Colleen moved to Turner, Oregon in 1982 where they began their livestock operation raising Hampshire sheep. During their time in Turner, Jeff enjoyed working his sheepdogs and competed in sheepdog trials with his dog, “Kelpie.” 

Wanting to expand their livestock operation, Jeff and Colleen moved to Baker County in 1984 purchasing a ranch in Wingville, where they engaged in building an Angus cattle herd and raising hay.  For many years, young 4-H members went to the Collier Ranch to choose a market lamb or to have their sheep sheared, as Jeff was known across the state to raise quality market lambs. 

Jeff was always a teacher at heart. Whether it be coaching Little League at the state tournament, leading the Boy Scouts on a 50-mile pack trip, or showing 4-H members how to make a sheep halter, he always found time to share his love of the outdoors and animals with everyone. In addition to ranching and being active in the community, Jeff also continued to assist with the FFA, teach wood shop & forestry at the junior high and high school. Jeff’s most favorite classes were full of students with big personalities and lots of character. 

Jeff was married and also later became baptized at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral Parish. He was an active member the Knights of Columbus and found great joy in his closeness to God. Jeff cherished his family. Any time the family could all be together was a good time for Jeff, especially if there was a healthy debate around the kitchen table involved, over just about any topic (and he always won the debates).  Those who knew Jeff knew him to be honest in all of his business dealings, reliable as the day is long, and willing to do anything to get a smile from his grandkids. His best times were spent with his wife Colleen, his children, Calvin and Annie; Jake and Katy; Joe; and his eight grandkids -Walter, Maddie, Charlie, Frank, John Joe, Avery, Claire, and Lane. Jeff loved life, gave every day his all, and was always thankful to God for his many blessings. 

Should friends and family desire, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Food Bank, the Rachel Center, or the Transplant House through Coles Tribute Center 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR  97814.

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