Zachary Jacob Collett
Zachary Jacob Collett was 17 years old and enjoying every day of the summer before his senior year of high school started at Rifle High School. He spent every day with his girlfriend, his friends, and his Dodge truck. If you asked him which was more important to him, his friends or his truck, he would be hard pressed to make a choice between them. His passions in life were the United States Marine Corps, auto mechanics, anything outdoors, and his truck. Zachary had no fear and spent every day living his life to the fullest, camping, going off road and mudding with his Dodge, hunting, fishing, floating across Harvey Gap, and finding adventure at every turn.
Zachary was outspoken, stubbornly opinionated, sarcastic, and was never afraid to be exactly who he was. He was born and raised in Rifle and he loved everything about life in Colorado. He was already meeting and working with USMC recruiters and was slated to sign his enlistment papers this summer to join as soon as he graduated. His entire life he wanted nothing more than to serve his country and be a Marine like his father. Anyone who knew Zach, and even some who didn’t know him, learned that he would do anything for anyone. He would fix your car, handle your bully, brighten your day, whatever you needed. Zach was always the one to step up and help, always. Zach was taken from us way too young and far too soon. His pure passion for life will live on in all of those who knew and loved him. Zach was born October 20, 1999, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Zach is survived by his parents, Timothy and Melissa Collett; Brothers, Joshua Collett and Joshua Candow; sister, Ashton Collett and his girlfriend, Kimberly McNeal.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Rifle High School Friday, June 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. A remembrance and reception will follow.
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