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Willis D. Collier
Willis D. CollierManagement consultant to L.A. Sentinel for many yearsThe Los Angeles Community lost one of its bright stars with the passing of Willis D. Collier. Mr. Collier passed away in Tucson, Arizona on Monday, July 27, 2009 following a brief illness. Mr. Collier was born in San Angelo, Texas, August 25, 1929. He was approaching his eighth birthday. After graduating college in West Texas Mr. Collier entered the U.S. army and served during the Korean conflict. He received an honorable discharge and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950"s to begin a most colorful career. Collier married the late Alma J. Ellington and to this union, one son, Willis D. Collier, III was born. On July 7, 1954, Willis Collier began his career with the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as an accounting clerk. Early on, he recognized that the road to success requires a strong faith in God and belief in ones own strengths and abilities, continuous self-development and an irresolute focus and determination. These are the qualities which directed his climb up the corporate ladder to the position of Information Systems Manager, a position where he would effectively coordinate the successful development of several major projects, including and information systems program, quality assurance plan and a disaster recovery and contingency planning program. A constant motivator, he would set goals and objectives that would challenge his employees to reach for their own higher levels of potential and achievement.Mr. Collier retired from the Department of Water and Power after thirty-five years of dedicated service and immediately launched Collier Management Consultants. He provided management consultation to the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, one of the country's largest and oldest African American newspapers from 1986 until 1995, supervising the relocation to their current site, including designing the interior of the corporate headquarters.Later he provided management consulting services to small and medium-size businesses, helping them develop and implement plans for short and long-range growth. His client base included Colossal Graphics, a Palo Alto California-based computer products company, voted one of the top ten most innovative tech companies by a leading trade publication.Mr. Collier continued to be active and involved in a host of community activities until his move to Tucson in September of 2008. His son and family will return Willis Collier to Los Angeles for final services and Interment. Funeral services for Willis will be Monday, August 17, at 11:30 am at the Pacific Mt Olive Church of God in Christ, 1385 East 21st Street and Naomi. Viewing will be 10:00 am until 11:30 pm. Viewing will also be on Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm at Angelus Rosedale Mortuary - 3875 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Condolences may be sent to the family at the Angelus Funeral Home.