Daniel John Thomas Collacott
January 10, 1996 – October 28, 2020
Daniel John Thomas Collacott, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on October 28, 2020. He was born on January 10, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was the first child born to John and Lisa Collacott. Daniel was blessed to grow up in a Christ-centered home where he was encouraged to develop and grow his many God given talents. Daniel accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age and later renewed his commitment to Christ when he was 18.
Daniel is survived by his father, John E. Collacott Jr., his sister, Dominique Collacott, his step-mother, Joyanne Collacott, his paternal grandmother, Cheryl Brown, his maternal grandmother, Viola Torres, his step-grandfather, Mike Brown, many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, friends, and his Marine Corps brothers. Daniel is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Lisa A. Collacott, and his paternal grandfathers, John E. Collacott Sr., and Felix A. Torres.
Daniel attended elementary and middle schools in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a young man committed to learning and excelling in his education. Daniel had an instinctive talent for music and learned to play the guitar, percussion, and the bass. Daniel dreamed of a career in composing music with an emphasis in orchestration. Daniel’s family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2008. He attended Discovery Canyon Campus High School where he graduated in 2014. During his time in high school, Daniel received many academic awards such as the National Junior Honor Society Award, the Presidential Award for Education Excellence and being on the Principal’s Honor Roll. Daniel also received 3 varsity letters for his participation in band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble. In 2012, Daniel joined the Young Marines program and earned the title of Lance Corporal. Following high school, Daniel briefly enrolled at the University of Colorado, Greeley, declaring a major in music. In the spring of 2015, he put his educational plans on hold and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Daniel became a proud Marine on May 11, 2015. His first orders were to report to Camp Pendleton, California. Within 6 months, he completed boot camp and graduated from the School of Infantry. During that time, he earned an Expert Marksmanship Medal and the title of Private First Class. Proudly serving in the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines; Charlie Company, Daniel embraced military life with dedication and hard work. He was promoted to Lance Corporal and then to Corporal. Daniel’s deployment to Bahrain, Middle East, and to Okinawa, Japan afforded him opportunities to see the world. Daniel and his Marine brothers often spent their leave time exploring the many places they visited such as Singapore, Okinawa, Bahrain, Dubai, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Malaysia and Djiboiuti. Powerful bonds of friendship were formed between Daniel and his Marine Corps brothers. Before leaving the military, Daniel stated that he would miss the camaraderie with his fellow marines the most. He was honorably discharged in July of 2019. Daniel settled into civilian life with great hope. While he began working toward his future plans, he shared time with his family and reacquainted himself with old friends. He enjoyed working on his vintage Mustang and purchased a motorcycle in January 2020. Daniel soon found employment as a shipping and receiving clerk with Collins Aerospace. The company proved to be a good match to Daniel’s many skills and talents. His employer encouraged him to pursue an educational path toward an engineering degree. His future was bright with limitless possibilities. Outside of work, his Marine Corps brothers kept in close touch, as did his family and closest friends. To know Daniel, was to know the love and kindness of a soft-spoken, sweet, and most outstanding young man. He treated everyone with respect and dignity. To his closest family and friends, Daniel shared his authentic self. He had a relaxed gentle demeanor and a genuine warmth for those he loved. His quick, sometimes mischievous, sense of humor often popped out with an unexpected surprise. His eyes danced when he smiled. Daniel was deeply loved, a true gift from God and will always remain close in our hearts. He will forever be missed. We cherish his memory. Today, he listens to the music of heaven. He is at rest, fully healed, fully restored, and in the presence of Jesus. Rest in peace, sweet Daniel. To be absent from the body is to be home with the Lord. We love you.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Antioch Church, 3958-103 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80917.
In lieu of flowers donations in Daniels name may be made to https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org.