Ronald William Collett
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Ronald William Collett
  • April 27, 1948 - April 8, 2015
  • Tempe, Arizona

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Ronald W. Collett, a generous husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, avid reader and
mentor to many, died unexpectedly April 8 at his Tempe Home. He was 66. A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Sat., April 18. Please contact Carr-Tenney Mortuary at 480-967-2104 for more information. Born in Chicago to Robert and Stella, Ron's family moved frequently throughout his childhood, eventually settling in Arizona in his teen years. He graduated from Tempe High School in l966 and attended senior prom with Kathleen Mitchell, a friend who would become his wife. Ron graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in political science, and was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. During this time he became a member of the National Guard. After graduation he attended the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor in 1974. He belonged to the Traynor Society as a result of making the Dean's List for two years and was also published in the School's Law Journal. Ron and Kathleen lived in California during their early years of marriage and moved back to Tempe in 1974 to be near family and raise their children, Ryan and Kacey. After starting his career as a Maricopa County Prosecutor and working with the Arizona Attorney General, Ron moved to the private sector and became a partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, joining the firm in 1984. He belonged to the American Board of Trial Advocates and was a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Law. His benevolent spirit and desire to make a difference led Ron to partake in several local organizations, including Tempe Sister Cities and Tempe City Council's Development and Review Commission, among others. Ron will be deeply and dearly missed by all who knew him, especially his beloved wife and family whom he supported unconditionally. He was an excellent teacher of life and trusted leader to those at work, a proud supporter of ASU, an active grandfather who loved roller coasters, cookies from Paradise Bakery, washing his car with detail and precision and traveling. Ron was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathleen; his son Ryan (Vanessa) Collett of California, daughter Kacey (Tim) Frey of Chandler; his grandchildren, Hannah, Haley, Harrison, Elizabeth and Matthew; his sister Patricia Robinson; and brother Randall Collett; and many nieces and nephews. The family requests donations be made in Ron's name to Wounded Warrior Project or Smithsonian Institution