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Daniel Deives Collins

November 3, 1962 ~ May 30, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old


Daniel “Dan” Deives Collins, 60, passed away at his home on May 30, 2023.

Dan was born to Deives “Dan” Daniel Collins and Constance Cosby Collins on November 3,

1962 at Columbia Hospital in Washington, DC, and lived for a time in Fort Washington,

Maryland, where his father started a TV and radio repair shop that eventually became a full line

electronics distributorship, Dancon. The Collins family consisted of his father, mother, and his 4

siblings: DeAnn, Connie, Tim, and Beth.

The family moved from Ft. Washington and settled permanently in Oakton, VA in the early

1970’s. Dan first worked for his father at Dancon for about a year before going off to trade

school to learn how to work on copiers in the early 1980’s. He attended vocational school and

completed a number of different electronics repair certifications, finishing top in his class as well

as being recognized repeatedly as the best technician in his department. He would go on to start

his own successful copier repair business in 1993, and would remain the primary owner until

around 1999. After closing the business, Dan pursued stock trading full time while he was still

raising the family in Virginia.

Dan would move the family to Bridgewater, VA from Oakton, VA in 2005 after having 3

children. The family lived there until 2015 upon his mother Constance’s passing, then moving to

Harrisonburg, VA for a few years before ultimately retiring and settling down permanently in

Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.

Dan enjoyed watching Steelers football every week, a devout fan of the team since the 80’s

through thick and thin. He also enjoyed watching college basketball and football, along with

every major sitcom you can think of produced from the late 70’s to the early 90’s. Dan was a

huge classic 70’s rock fan, especially partial to artists like Bruce Springsteen and groups like

Boston and Queen. He had a treasured CD collection full of classic rock discs and all his favorite

music that he would later pass on to his children.

Dan was an expert when it came to celebrating holidays with the family, especially for

Christmas. He would always have a room stuffed full of presents, stockings full of treats, and

delicious food cooked for the whole family. He also would always have a special Christmas

outfit for everyone to wear, changing the theme and format each time to keep things interesting.

Dan would always pull up the NORAD Santa Tracker to get his children excited about the

occasion, and would always give an early gift to each of us along with milk and cookies on the

night before. Holidays were always the best time of year with him, and there was no one more

thoughtful than him.

Dan was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, and friend who loved his children above all else.

Dan leaves behind his three children, Deives Collins II of Buckhannon, WV, Aidan Collins of

Fairfield Bay, AR and Riley Collins of Harrisonburg, VA, sister Connie Lewis of Warrenton, VA,

and niece Jill Lewis, sister DeAnn (Don) Pallais of Richmond, VA, and niece Mandy Pallais, of

Boston, MA, brother-in-law Jeffrey Evans of Bluegrass, VA, and aunt in law Julie Collins of

Franklin Springs, GA, and other extended family members. He was deeply loved and will

forever be cherished in our hearts. We will always remember him for the loving man he was, and

we will miss him always.

In addition to his parents, Dan is preceded in death by his brother Tim Collins, sister Beth Evans

and nephew Michael Lewis.

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