Michael Ralph Collodi

October 23, 1950 - August 3, 2012

Michael Ralph Collodi, age 61 of Frisco, Texas, passed away on August 3, 2012. He was born on October 23, 1950, in Jacksonville, Illinois, to Betty Hutchison and Achilles Collodi.

Michael was a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Michael was an All American in both baseball and football, and was inducted into the Colorado School of Mines Athletic Hall of Fame. Michael was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates and played for both the Pirate and Dodger organizations before working in the oil and gas industry as a petroleum engineer.

Michael was an outstanding husband, father and role model. He spent most of his life deeply involved with the church. He served in many capacities and helped countless people. Michael was an elder in the Casper, Wyoming, Church of Christ before moving to Texas. He was involved in a variety of sports, many he shared with both of his sons, both playing and officiating. He was kind, generous, and humorous. He used his time and gifts to serve others. Michael made an impression on everyone he met with his kind and gentle spirit.

Michael is survived by his two sons, Michael Collodi, Jr. and his wife, Stacey of Frisco, Texas, Richard Collodi and his wife, Daryla of Luther, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Nicole Collodi, Michael Collodi, III, Ethan Collodi and Dylan Collodi; brother, Barry Collodi of New York, New York; sister, Karen Gale of San Jose, California.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Achilles Collodi.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael’s name to Mountain States Children’s Home, PO Box 1097, Longmont, CO 80502 or at www.msch.org

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We can both hope that we will be as good a dad as he was. Michael Perkins, August 7, 2012 This is a childhood memory. Mike was always the athlete and a ball was a magnet he couldn't resist. He would always stare with amazement when, confined by rain, he opted to play baseball in the garage with the inevitable catastrophic results for the windows. The bay window in the living withstood many assaults, always with an incredulous look from Mike and words to Dad, "It was an accident." He had a big heart and brought home multiple stray cats and puppies over the years of our childhood. And he is missed and loved. Barry Collodi, August 7, 2012 I remember a very fun memory now of time with Michael and boy of the boys. They loved to ride dirt bikes and I had never tried this. They invited me to Northglenn on Saturday am. Rode for an hour or so and about to go home I'd had such fun and no accident. Mike Sr. said, "Larry while we load want to do one more." "Yes." You guessed right. I tried a climb beyond my ability, came off the throttle too soon then too much. Flipped it over me. wasn't hurt. Bike was hurt a bit. Mike said, "Don't worry. Just glad you're okay." Great times with great guys. Larry Dale Wishard, August 6, 2012 Dad- You were a gift from God and one of His blessed servants. You have taught me through your words, attitudes and actions how to be a Christian, father, husband, teachers, and a true man. In every way you touched people, no matter what circumstances surrounded you. You will be greatly missed althogh we rejoice that you have received your crown! We praise God that you have been release and renewed and we look forward to the day when we get to come home to Jesus and see you standing by His side. I love you, Dad! Rick Collodi, August 6, 2012