Collins Edwin Hassell
Collins Edwin Hassell, son of Mayner M. and Annie Lamb Hassell, passed peacefully away Saturday morning, October 13, 2012, at the age of 94. Born July 17, 1918 in Mesa Ariz., he was raised in Bluewater, N.M.
He married his beloved wife, Helyn Bounds, November 29, 1941 in Mt. Shasta, Calif. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple.
After working as a fireman on the Santa Fe Railroad during World War II, Collins settled his family in Ashland with Helyn to raise their six children.
For the last 6 months of Collins' life he has been lovingly cared for by his son, Curtis, and Deborah Hassell in their home in Medford.
The family acknowledges and greatly appreciates the tender care given to Collins by Dena Sollee and all of the Medford Hospice nurses who treated him as their own father.
Collins was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He devoted his adult life to selflessly helping and serving others in the many callings extended to him.
At the age of 20, from December 1938 to December 1940 he served as a full-time missionary in the Southern States Mission. Later, from 1953 to 1957 he served as the first bishop of the Ashland Ward of the LDS Church, and in many other leadership positions throughout his lifetime. He lived a life consistent with his beliefs, for which example his children will be forever grateful.
Following retirement he became an avid motorcyclist, taking trips up and down the West Coast and as far away as Colorado and New Mexico. He enjoyed travel with his beloved Helyn always at his side.
Professionally, from the 1950s to the 1970s, he co-founded two companies that still operate today. In 1972, he co-invented a product that changed the course of an entire industry worldwide. Prior to that he built several homes in the Ashland area.
Mr. Hassell was preceded in death by his wife in November 2009, his parents, his brothers Lee and Ray, and sister Ida. He is survived by his sister Anna and brother Clayton who have been a constant support to Collins during his remaining years.
In addition to his children and their spouses, Gary (Rae) Hassell, Jan (Stan) Nielsen, Donna (Michael) Carrington, Vallee Page, Curtis (Deborah) Hassell, and Lori (Gordon) Ransom, he is survived by 29 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.
Respecting his wishes a graveside service will be held Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:30 at the Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. A luncheon will follow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel on the corner of East Main and Clay Street in Ashland.
Arrangements handled by Litwiller-Simonsen Fumeral Home in Ashland.