Jason Collins

Jason Collins, age 42, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 23, in Houston, while returning from a business trip to San Diego. Jason was born at the Albany, Ga., Naval Hospital on June 23, 1973. He was a resident of Milton, Janesville and San Diego.

He moved to Milton from Chicago at age 6, with his mother Sundy and stepfather Paul McMurray. He loved sports and played with the Milton Redmen on back-to-back football conference champion teams in 1988 and 1989, winning the 1989 state championship. He was co-captain of the 1990 team. He proudly wore #75. He was recruited by the University of North Dakota and, after injuries, returned to Wisconsin to finish his degree at UW-Whitewater.

He worked for Proven Recruiting, based in San Diego, and per CEO Louis Song, “In August of 2007, Jason was one of the seven founding partners of Proven Recruiting in San Diego.  He helped to establish the technology recruiting team and was the first recruiter to bring in new clients for the company.  He billed more than $1.2 million in gross profit for the company and helped Proven Recruiting to become one of the top recruiting firms in San Diego.”

Jason loved animals, especially the cats and turkeys and deer and even the skunk that occasionally wandered in to his wooded lot. He did countless rescue missions for mobile-mutts.org, taking as many dogs and puppies as would fit in his car every Sunday for years, bringing them further north to be taken in by no-kill animal shelters. He gave up watching football games and other activities on his day off to do this, and fellow rescuers said he didn’t care if it was five animals or only one, he wanted to help to save them all. His co-workers at Proven Recruiting have generously set up a funding page for mobile-mutts.org and Friends of Noah at https://mytribute.com/jason-collins-4. Please consider donating to help keep alive Jason’s love of all animals.

Jason was a connoisseur of good food and fine wine, and appropriately added “spice” to everyone he met. There is not a person he met that didn’t feel blessed by his charm, warmth, friendship and his big heart that cared for all. Jason, we miss you so much.

Jason is survived by his parents, Paul and Sundy McMurray; his father, Joe Collins; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family wishes to thank Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton, and Proven Recruiting Inc., San Diego, for their assistance.

There will be a Celebration of Jason’s Life at Jake’s Junction Pub, Milton, from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Please share your stories of Jason and be prepared to laugh and to cry.

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