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David Collins

February 6, 1957 — July 22, 2020

David Wayne Collins, age 63, of Washington, Iowa, (formerly of Overton, Nebraska) passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at his residence.

David was born February 6, 1957 in Lexington, Nebraska, the son of Arlyn and Lois (Graham) Collins. He graduated from high school in Overton, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska. David married Nancy Lambert in 1988 in Lincoln, Nebraska. They later divorced. He was united in marriage to Talaine Golberg in 2006 in Park Rapids, Minnesota.

While in college, David interned in Washington D.C. for Senator Carl Curtis. He also served as the State Teenage Republicans Chairman in Nebraska. After college he served as the Deputy County Clerk for Dawson County in Lexington; then was the Political Director for the Nebraska Republican Party, Research Analyst for Senator Loran Schmitt, and Executive Director for Associated Builders and Contractors in Lincoln. He then served as President of the Kingdom of Calloway Chamber of Commerce in Fulton, Missouri; Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce in Pocatello, Idaho; Executive Director of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Clear Lake Economic Development Corporation and North Central Iowa Growth Partnership, all of Clear Lake, Iowa; and Executive Director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Corporation in Park Rapids, Minnesota. He became the Executive Director of the Washington Economic Development Group in Washington, Iowa in 2018.

David was a dedicated member of Rotary for many years and in several locations and was elected Rotarian of the Year while in Minnesota. He was an avid collector of Plectron memorabilia, a business started by his father. David enjoyed kayaking, fishing, spending time on the lake and watching Husker Football.

He is survived by Talaine Collins of Park Rapids, MN; sister, Linda Anderson and husband Jerry of Lincoln, NE; sister, Janet Gottula and husband Brad of Lincoln, NE; nieces and nephews: Trevor and Bryan Gottula, Mark Wilkening and Jana Farritor; great-nieces, great-nephews and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Family Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Overton Methodist Church with Reverend Venedith Vargas, officiating. The service will be live streamed via the Reynolds Love Facebook page.

There will be a Celebration of Life with family and friends on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 1-4 p.m. at the Dawson County Historical Museum in Lexington featuring the new Plectron exhibit and David’s vast collection of Presidential memorabilia.

Inurnment will be held prior to the Memorial Service in the Overton Cemetery at Overton.

Memorials have been established for the Dawson County Historical Museum and the American Childhood Cancer Organization for Children’s Lymphomas.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting:

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