May 3, 1942 – August 18, 2020
Arthur King Collett passed away at his home in Vanderhoof on August 18, 2020 at the age of 78. King was born in Butte, Montana to Ira Lee Collett and Virginia “Peggy” Violet Collett on May 3, 1942.
King is predeceased by his mother, father, his beloved wife Betty Jane Collett, his son James Eric Collett, his sister Deborah (Collett) Murphy and his son-in-law Shaun Tulles.
King leaves behind his daughter Frankie Lea Lemos (Rodney) of Yerington, NV and 3 grandchildren, Travis J. Lemos of Yerington, NV, April Marie (Lemos) Buckley of Lahaina, Hawaii, and John Joseph Lemos of Yerington, NV and two great grandchildren, Lharson and Lyla Buckley; his daughter-in-law Sara Helen Collett (James) of Henderson, NV, and 2 grandchildren; Christopher Lee Collett of Cheney, WA and James Vincent Collett of Henderson, NV; his step daughter Debbie Bowles Tulles (Shaun) of Las Vegas, NV and step grandson Devin Tulles of Dodgeville, WI; his step son John Bowles, step grandson John Michael Bowles and six step great grandchildren all of Las Vegas, NV; his siblings Rick Collett of BC, Garry Collett of Spokane, WA, Vicki Kitley of Spokane, WA and Gordon Collett of Henderson, NV.
King grew up travelling and living in many different areas of the United States. He met his wife, Lila Lea Bell in high school in Las Vegas, Nevada and they had two children (Frankie Lea Collett and James Eric Collett). At that time he worked in southern Nevada at the Nevada Test Site. He later married Betty in 1969 and they moved with his step daughter Debbie to Fort Fraser, BC. King and Betty built a log home on Telegraph Road in Ft. Fraser BC where they made lifelong friends.
They moved to Vanderhoof in 1995. King spent his working career logging and many summers working on the roads of BC, until his retirement. Following his retirement; he found a part-time job at the Vanderhoof Transfer Station to keep himself busy. When his lovely wife of 50 years, Betty, required more of his attention and care at home he took pride in taking care of her until she was placed in the local hospital where she passed away on January 14, 2020.
King was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a true passion for the great outdoors. He also enjoyed regular visits to the local coffee shop and pub spending time with hid buddies.
His family and friends will miss him dearly and as King would say “catch ya later”.
Services were private.
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