Claire D. Collins
Clair David Collins, age 89 of Brookings, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at the United Living Community under hospice care. Services were held at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Flandreau on Tuesdsay, November 14.
Clair was born June 6, 1934, in Flandreau, SD, to Clarence and Florence (McMahon) Collins, the fifth of their six children. He grew up on the family farm in Moody County, attended the nearby country school for his elementary education, and then attended and graduated from Egan High School in Egan, SD, in 1952.
Following high school graduation, Clair served in the United States Army, then spent most of his career farming in Moody and Brookings Counties, before working for the Brookings Parks and Recreation department, from which he retired.
Clair was a quiet and unassuming man who enjoyed hunting in his younger days, and enjoyed watching sports on television. He will be missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Florence Collins; siblings, Edward Collins, James Collins, and Sister Alicia Collins.
He is survived by his brother Robert Collins of Brookings, sister Audrey Amundson, of Eagan, MN, and several nieces and nephews.