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Donald Leon Collier, Jr.

January 31, 1959 — August 1, 2023

Belton

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Donald Leon “Donnie” Collier, Jr., 64, of Belton, Texas

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Donald Leon Collier, Jr. on August 1, 2023. Donald was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend who touched the lives of all those he encountered. He will be deeply missed and forever cherished.

Donald began his career at Reliable Paint and Body in Birmingham, Alabama before relocating to Texas in the early 1990s. In Texas, he dedicated his talents and skills to serving the City of Belton, Temple, and Bell County until his well-deserved retirement in 2019. His commitment to his work was unparalleled, leaving a lasting impact on his colleagues and community.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama on January 31, 1959, Donald was the son of Donald Leon Collier and Rosetta (Lacey) Collier. He graduated from Jackson-Olin High School in 1977 where he excelled both academically and as a member of the ROTC. After high school, Donald pursued further education at IT & T Technical School in Birmingham. His determination to expand his knowledge and abilities allowed him to achieve great success in both his personal and professional life.

Donald served honorably in the United States Army as a Field Handler. Stationed in Germany before relocating to Fort Hood, he displayed unwavering dedication to his country throughout his military service.

Outside of work and duty, Donald had many passions that brought him immense joy. He had an incredible sense of humor and was always able to bring laughter into any room. With his outgoing personality and quick wit, he became known as the life of the party. His love for his family and friends was evident in every interaction he had with them.

In his free time, Donald enjoyed fishing, drawing, tinkering with various projects, and barbequing. He had a deep appreciation for sci-fi and was an avid collector of Marvel and DC comics. His love for music extended to western and soul genres, always finding solace and inspiration in their melodies.

Donald's proudest accomplishments were not limited to his professional achievements. On July 13, 1980, he married his soulmate and the love of his life, Andrea LaClaire (Smith) Collier. Their union was an inspiration to all who knew them. They shared a beautiful journey of love and companionship that spanned over 43 years.

In 1984, Donald became a proud father for the first time when he welcomed his son, Donald Leon "Trey" Collier III into the world. This joy expanded in 1999 when he was blessed with the birth of his daughter, Alexis Minor. His children were the light of his life and his greatest source of happiness.

At the end of his life, Donald's heart swelled with immense joy as he welcomed his grandson, Alexander James "AJ" Minor. Spending quality time with AJ brought him immeasurable happiness and contentment.

Donald's magnetic personality enriched every gathering he attended. He had a winning combination of compassion, humor, and the ability to fix anything that crossed his path. He was truly a "Jack of All Trades and Master of None." Whether it was helping a friend with a home improvement project or lending an ear during challenging times, Donald always went above and beyond to support those around him.

He meant so much to all who knew him - a caring individual who would give the shirt off his back without hesitation. Donald leaves behind countless memories filled with laughter and joy that will be cherished dearly by family members and friends.

Donald peacefully transitioned from this life surrounded by loved ones in Belton, Texas. After being diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatitis, he tirelessly fought to regulate his medical conditions. From October of the previous year, he dedicated himself to rehabilitation and was eventually admitted to Hospice in February. His last month on Earth was full of precious moments spent with his cherished grandson, Alexander James "AJ" Minor and family..

Donald is survived by his loving mother, Thelma Collier; his devoted wife of 43 years, Andrea LaClair Collier; his adored son, Donald Leon "Trey" Collier III; his beloved daughter, Alexis Minor (Alexander); his brother, Demetrius Collier; his sisters: Carletta Collier, Donisha Collier, and Geraldine Collier; his grandson, Alexander James "AJ" Minor; as well as his two grand puppies, Leah and Honey.

His parents, Donald Leon Collier and Rosetta (Lacey) Collier, preceded Donald in death. Their love and guidance will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew them.

We invite family members and friends to join us as we celebrate Donald's remarkable life. The funeral service will take place on August 12, 2023 at Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center in Temple, Texas. The service will commence at 11:00 AM and will be followed by a cremation and inurnment to be reunited back with his loving wife.

Donald Leon Collier, Jr. was a man whose presence filled every room he entered. His laughter was contagious, and his caring nature touched countless lives. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that he made a profound impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family kindly requests donations be made in Donald's memory to a charity close to your heart.

Please join us as we remember and celebrate the vibrant life of Donald Leon Collier Jr., a remarkable man whose spirit will forever live on.

A special thank you to the caregivers to Amedysis Hospice for their compassionate care.



A special thank you to the caregivers to Amedysis Hospice for their compassionate care. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina N. Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home in Temple, Texas

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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Saturday, August 12, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center

4235 E. US Hwy 190, Temple, TX 76501

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Cremation

Saturday, August 12, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center

4235 E. US Hwy 190, Temple, TX 76501

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