Lyndal ‘Lynn’ Duane Collis, 46, of Roswell, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2013. Lenny was born Oct. 13, 1965, in Roswell, to Floyd and Imogene Collis, who preceded him in death.
Lenny was faced with many challenges in his lifetime, from birth to his demise. He was a strong young man, he fought and persevered many health challenges, but when diagnosed with terminal cancer of which he was unable to combat successfully, he requested to be kept as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Lenny was an outgoing young man, independent, and a very kind, easygoing, loving and generous young man. From Lynn’s own writings he stated the following, “I loved Gary, older brother, Marie, Mia, Kylee, Nathan, Isaiah, even though I haven’t got to see them much, my cousin Kathy McKay.”
Lynn was perhaps most recognized as the young carrot-topped young man that used to zip up and down the streets of Roswell on one of his many scooters, prior to his illness with cancer.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Foy and Jimmie Wade, owners and operators of Wades Donut Shop, formerly located on the corner of West Second Street and N. Kentucky Avenue. He is survived by his brother Gary Wayne Collis, of Roswell; cousins, Kathy McKay of Lubbock, Texas, Jeanie Dodd, Earl Wade and Troy Wade, of Midland, Texas; good friends, Rick and Terri Furr, Tommy and Vicki Parker, the Tobosa Developmental Staff and residents.
A special acknowledgement to the Tobosa Developmental staff and administrators, the Tobosa home volunteers and to the Hospice nurses and staff of Vista Care for taking such good care of Lynn. Family and close friends will be eternally grateful to you for the care, concern and love that you showed him during this time. We thank you.
A sincere thank you to Anna Acosta, Tobosa Developmental Services for going above and beyond to hold a fundraiser to help pay for his last wishes.
A memorial service will be held at Bethel Baptist church on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., Scott Lasiter will be delivering eulogy, followed by ‘Pot Luck’ lunch in the Fellowship Kitchen of the church.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations can be made to the American Cancer & Research Society, PO Box 1856, Clovis, NM 88101.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at