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Dr Lamar Pitcher Collie III

Dr Lamar Pitcher Collie III
  • October 25, 1953 - January 7, 2017
  • Corpus Christi, Texas

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Colonel Lamar Pitcher Collie III M.D., age 63, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord, on January 7, 2017, surrounded by family and loving caretakers.
Lamar was born on October 25, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia to the late Lamar Pitcher Collie Jr. M.D. and Lexie Stokes Collie. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Robert E. Lee High-school in 1971. Lamar then went on to attend the University of Texas as a scholarship track athlete and graduated with honors in 1975.
Following his graduation from the University of Texas, Lamar followed in the footsteps of his father, graduating from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, Georgia in 1979. He then completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1984. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Board Certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His medical career included associations with the Brenham Clinic, San Antonio Orthopedic Group and Medical Center Orthopedics. Lamar also served as Chief Medical Officer at the Frank Tejeda Clinic in San Antonio, Texas.
Lamar served as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves with the 94th General Hospital, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He was called to active duty as an Orthopedic Surgeon with the United States Army Medical Corps and there was trained as a paratrooper. He was assigned to the Army Special Forces units during the Persian Gulf War and during conflicts with Bosnia and Somalia. During his military career, Lamar received numerous awards and commendations for his devoted service above and beyond.
After retiring from the military, Lamar worked for the Veterans Administration in San Antonio, Harlingen, Corpus Christi, and Kerrville, in order to fulfill his passion for helping his fellow veterans in need. His patients loved him and he was important in the lives of so many veterans. It was at the VA Clinic in Corpus Christi that he met the love of his life, Betty, in 2002. They were married on December 23, 2011 and recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary.
Lamar was passionate about The University of Texas Longhorns, was an excellent historian, an avid reader of military history, budding sculptor and a collector of antique firearms and coins. He loved going to gun shows with his friends, enjoyed antique shopping with his beloved wife, and was devoted to his study of the Catholic religion. Lamar also took great pride in his three beautiful children and grandchildren.
Colonel Collie is survived by his devoted wife Betty Muston Collie (Corpus Christi). He is also survived by his son Christopher Collie and wife Jessica, their sons Jameson and Beckham (California); daughter Mary Collie Case and husband Justin, their son Warren (Oklahoma); daughter Caitlin Collie Moore and husband Rich (Philadelphia); and the mother of his children, Rebecca Adams Collie (Boerne); Four siblings, Dr. Bob Collie and wife Karen (Marble Falls); Bryan Collie and wife Carol (San Antonio); Claire Collie Mitchell and husband Rob (San Antonio); Bruce Collie and wife Holly (Wimberly); and 22 nieces and nephews.
Lamar was a loving husband, father, son, brother, mentor and friend to many. His loss will leave a void that can never be filled. He will be most remembered for his intellect, medical skills, sense of humor, compassionate heart, and his love and devotion to his family, friends, fellow veterans, and to his country.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Edward Schultze and the many nurses and caretakers at the Palms Rehab Facility and Doctor's Regional for their excellent and compassionate care.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 2pm. A Celebration of Life will follow at Porter Loring Mortuary North in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 2pm. Lamar will be laid to rest among his fellow veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations be made in Lamar's name to Fisher House Foundation, a charity supporting housing for military families in need. Donations may be made online at www.donate.fisherhouse.org