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Michael Collins

Michael Scott Collins, 73, passed on January 27, 2019 in Davis, California with his siblings at his side.

He is survived by his brother Timothy Collins, his sisters Kathleen Greear and Elizabeth Azuma and their families.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Sandra L. Reece.

Michael grew up Pleasant Hill, California and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School.  He attended UC Davis, graduating in 1967 with a BS in Chemistry.  He went on to UCLA, working on his doctorate in cancer research.  While at UCLA he earned a Lifetime Community College Instructor Credential to teach Chemistry and Biological Sciences. Having to return to Pleasant Hill to recuperate from a broken leg, he furthered his education by studying Computer Science at Diablo Valley College. Leaving DVC, went to work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he began his career as a programmer.  Later he moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he received an award for “..neutralization of the SQL slammer worm, protecting the Lab and DOE community.” He retired from Lawrence Berkeley in 2011 as Network Special Projects Group Leader.

Michael met his wife Sandra Reece through their dear friend, Delaine Eastin.  She later officiated at their marriage at his parents’ home. Michael and Sandra started their new life together in Fremont then moved to Davis, where they designed a beautiful accessible home.

Michael enjoyed the daily walks with his dog Cassie. It brought him great joy to stop and talk with his countless neighbors and friends. He also loved Yosemite, camping there many times from early childhood throughout his life. Donations in Michael's name to Yosemite Conservancy would be welcomed.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home (116 D Street; Davis, CA 95616).

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I was so very sad to hear of Mike's passing. I worked with Mike and the ESnet gang from 1991 through 2002. I enjoyed his very positive and friendly attitude towards everything from work to just life. I could always count on Mike to provide sound advice when I was faced with a challenge. I will treasure my memories, including the time my husband and I went to his beautiful new home for a summer gathering when he first moved to Davis with Sandy. I will take comfort in knowing he is now with his true love Sandy!!!

Lisa Kelly Feb 26 2019 12:00 AM

I worked with Mike for 27 years at both LLNL and LBNL for ESnet. He was always very kind to me. I loved talking with him. I attended his wife's memorial and went to his house afterwards. We both retired on the same day. He asked me if I would travel with him in his new van. I told him I wouldn't be able to. Now I wish I had gone on a trip with him. I wish his family and friends Peace during this difficult time. He was a wonderful man. Marcy Santana

Marcy Santana Feb 6 2019 12:00 AM

Mike madea huge impact on my life. Mike, Cassie, Envy (my dog), and I would walk whenever I was home from college. We would talk about everything: from politics and our standpoints on current events to his fascination with riverdancing and its origin to the trips around the country he would take and even the trips he wished he could have taken. He always encouraged me to be the best I could be. He would share with me his love for the world, and it was one of the most amazing things. I have learned so much from him, and I am so honored to have considered him to be one of my very good friends. He will forever be in my heart. Mike, you will be missed.

Alyssa Vitangcol Feb 3 2019 12:00 AM

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