Robert Roy Collins, born August 30, 1954, in Las Vegas, NM, was called home by his Heavenly Father on December 18, 2021. Robert was a caring, loving, compassionate, fun, intelligent, bighearted; Brother, Uncle, Godfather, Nephew, and Friend.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents Harley & Liz Collins and is now reunited with them in heaven. Robert is survived by his five brothers and sisters, Richard and Sandy Collins, Rosanne and Alvin Gonzales, Ruth and Chris Medina, Randy and Stace, Roger and wife Robin Collins. Robert always had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews visiting and traveling with them over the years. Jovina, Jared, Christopher, Korrina, Daniel, Anthony, Valerie, Jeremy, Carson, and Cassie. His great nieces and nephews, Sierrah, Gentrie, Lainey, Emily, Baylen, Harley, Adison, Oliver and Josh. His special friends, Shannon (children: Tryssa, Daelin, Alyssa, Lillian, Journey), and Denise. His right-hand man and good friend Dino along with so many dear friends.
Robert graduated from Aztec High School in 1972. He was a “jock” and the girls loved Robert. He attended college at New Mexico Highlands University.
Robert was an electrician by trade for most of his adult life. He was self-employed as owner of Collins Electric. His knowledge in this field was truly top notch. His proficiency and skillset was obvious as he could wire small homes to exceptionally large homes as well as commercial buildings. No matter how small or big the job Robert would not hesitate to take care of the electrical needs. Any special electrical features that were requested by home or business owners, Robert would figure it out and complete the job to perfection.
Not only did Robert work with electricity, he was charged with an uncanny ability to brighten up a room. He had such a fun-loving sense of humor that even on your worst day he could make you laugh and always bring a smile to your face. Robert was so bighearted – no matter the situation, no matter the circumstance, and no matter whether you were family or friend he would always find a way to help out.
Robert had various interests and was quite the historian by nature. He was intrigued by family genealogy as well as historical events and people. He was fascinated by professional athletes and collected various sports memorabilia including autographed trading cards as well as other collectibles. During the 80’s, Robert was the first to open up a video arcade called Indoor Sportz in Aztec. His collections turned into an endeavor that would bring together youth in a safe place. It brought him such joy seeing all the smiles he would get from bringing that new video game into the arcade.
He also traveled to various professional sporting events. Robert was always eager to stay on top of latest and greatest “trends” of the year. He had an extensive playlist which was vast and a style of his own. He really enjoyed attending concerts with his family including but not limited to: Pink Floyd, Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel, REO Speedwagon, Korn and Metallica. He was always ready to discuss the newest movies and television shows to having the most enlightening conversations about philosophies in ethics, family matters and politics.
In years past Robert enjoyed taking photos. He was also quite the videographer as well. Even though he had his fair share of videoing with lens on or sidewalk, floor board and blue-sky footage, his collection of photos and video tapes will bring us countless memories for years to come.
Robert was raised in the Catholic Church and though he may have strayed from the church he didn’t stray from the teachings. Time and time again he would take care of those in need and he was always compassionate towards others. He read the Bible and many Christian books but was always open minded and enjoyed conversations about various religions. It was not unusual for Robert to share his discoveries of a good books that he would pass on to his family.
Two of Roberts major events in his life was watching in person the space shuttle that left out of Cape Canaveral with his brother Richard and driving to New York City shortly after 9/11. Another memorable trip was traveling across the states with our family to celebrate our parents 50th anniversary. He always enjoyed visiting his Aunt Angie as well as his Uncle Paul. His last trip was to Charleston, SC, this year, to hangout and be a tourist with family: Rosanne, Alvin, Korrina and Lainey.
What will be Robert’s legacy – he lived his life by being a blessing to others. And it is our hope that all who knew Robert will remember his giving nature, his nonjudgmental attitude, his sense of humor, and do as Robert did by paying it forward.
Services will be held December 30, 2021 @ 11:00am, The Journey Church, 1901 E Murray Drive, Farmington, NM.
Reception to follow at The Journey Church