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JR Dayton Collins Nov. 4, 1929 – July 23, 2020

Celebration of Life


August 15, 2020

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JR Dayton Collins.

JR Dayton Collins, 90, of Tehachapi, passed away on July 23 at his home with loving family by his side. He was born on Nov. 4, 1929 in Seminole County, Okla. to James and Helen Collins.

A longtime resident of Tehachapi, JR came to the community when he was five years old. Over the years, he worked in the gold mines and at Monolith Portland Cement Company. He was a career heavy equipment operator. In his free time, he loved riding motorcycles, especially his Honda Gold Wing bikes.

JR was known for his kindness, humility and good sense of humor. He brought joy to everyone around him.

JR was a true family man. His family admired him dearly and always looked to him for guidance and support.

He is preceded in passing by his daughter, Judith Grant; sister, Jean Martinez; and great-great-grandson, Elijah Haff. JR is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Margaret Collins; daughters, Lynda Collins and Janice Collins; brothers, Dennis Collins, Glen Collins and Bill Collins; granddaughters, Rhonda Bates and Naomie West; great-grandchildren, William Bates, Amber Haff and Kamryn West; and great-great-grandchildren, Dylan Rininger, Jeremiah Haff, Nevaeh Haff, Elisha Haff and Jaelynn Bates.

A visitation was held on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Wood Family Funeral Service, 320 West F Street, Tehachapi.

A Celebration of Life reception was held on Wed., Aug. 5 at the Church of Christ, 401 South Mill Street, Tehachapi. JR was privately laid to rest at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, Calif.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Wood Family Funeral Service in Tehachapi. Condolences can be made online at


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