Obituary: Larry Collman

Larry Ernest Collman, 69, of Dayville and Lebanon died Jan. 15, 2010 at his residence in Dayville.

He was born Sept. 24, 1940 in Klamath Falls to Ernest and Alice (Robertson) Collman.

Mr. Collman attended and graduated high school in Klamath Falls. He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1957 to 1961. He also went on to attend ITT, earning with a degree in mechanical engineering, then earning a degree in metallurgy from Linn-Benton Community College and attending a vocational welding School. He worked as a machinist/welder for Lebanon Machine retiring in 1990.

Mr. Collman loved the outdoors. He spent his free time hunting, prospecting, fishing and camping. His favorite hobby was spending time with his grandchildren in Lebanon.

He spent every day helping care for his grandchildren. He enjoyed helping with homework after school. He took the kids for walks with a red wagon in tow and soon after he would be joined by all the neighborhood kids. He loved helping build forts in the field behind the house and picking blackberries. You could always find him as a spectator at all of his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He was known as “Daddy Grandpa” by many of the children in the community.

He also enjoyed researching family genealogy with his cousin Joan Reed from Mt. Vernon. Mr. Collman was an avid reader and spent time drawing pictures.

One of his accomplishments was winning a rifle for the best marksman while in the Marine Corps. Also, one of his engineering blueprints was so perfect that is was displayed for years on the wall at ITT. He was a brilliant inventor who was always finding a more efficient way of getting a job done.

Mr. Collman is survived by his daughter, Michelle Waller of Lebanon; sons David of Springfield, and Jeremiah Collman of Longview, Wash.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters; and six brothers.

He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Collman; parents Ernest and Alice Collman; and a brother, Arlan Collman.

Memorial service will be at noon Saturday January 23rd at the First Assembly of God Church in Lebanon. Memorial

contributions may be made to the Larry Collman Memorial Fund at OSU Federal Credit Union. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.