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Collin Allan Hunt


Collin Allan Hunt, age 24 of Portland, passed away on April 28, 2024. He was preceded in death by his grandma, Peg Ralston; grandpas, Mickey Lester, Dave Hunt; uncle, Sean Kelley; cousin, Jeremy Kelley. Collin is survived by his loving wife, Gabi; parents, Steve and Pam Hunt; brother, Evan (Ashley Golightly) Hunt; parents-in-law, Jason and Leah Zawodny; grandpa, Jim Ralston; grandmas, Judy Lester, Frances Hunt; brother-in-law, Daniel Zawodny; uncles, Curt (Cheryl) Lester, John (Jennifer) Ralston, Larry (Jeri) Hunt, Keith Hunt; aunts, Kristi (Doug) Tite, Tricia Kelley; godparents, Brian and Bonnie Zimmerman; and numerous cousins. Family was extremely important to him. He leaves behind three beloved dogs and a cat.

Collin loved the outdoors, especially time spent around a campfire, fishing or shooting one of his guns. Hiawatha Sportsmans’ club in the Upper Peninsula and Hamlin Lake were his go-to places, but he would happily drop a line in any body of water that might have fish. He enjoyed comedy and loved to laugh – and to make others laugh. Collin kept to himself mostly but could find something in common with anyone who came in contact with him. He was able to make friends wherever he went and was always quick to lend a hand or stop and help someone out.

A talented goalie, Collin played hockey for many years, and was extremely proud of the discipline and hard work he put into the sport. He also enjoyed baseball and would have pursued it as his chosen sport had he not played hockey. He also had a passion for all animals, especially horses and dogs, from the time he was very young. He was an employee and long-time volunteer at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, where his horse sense and loving, patient manner benefited many children, adults and horses who were very special to him. His wife Gabi shares his love of Equest and horses and the two met while volunteering there.

Collin was a voracious reader with a great appetite for learning, especially about history. He loved all kinds of music, from rap to country to old rock and classical. He loved to cook and was always trying new ideas. He made deep and lasting impressions on a great many people throughout his life and will be sadly missed.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 5-8pm on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst, 3980 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Funeral services will be held at 11am Friday, May 3, 2024, at the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior. Family requests casual clothes be worn such as jeans and flannel to honor Collin. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, 3777 Rector Ave. NE Rockford, MI 49341. The family is extremely grateful for the time he continued to receive supportive care, including blood, that allowed family and friends to say goodbye. They would like to encourage blood donations in Collin’s memory to pay forward that precious time for other families.

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17 Responses

  1. Pam, Steve and Evan, we were saddened to hear of Collin’s death. Please know that you all are in our hearts and our thoughts during this difficult time.

  2. Pam, I just heard this news…I am so, so sorry. My heart aches for you and Steve and your family.

  3. Steve and Pam, our hearts are heavy with sorrow and our eyes filled with tears as we think of the loss you have endured. Though our journey with you and your son Colin has been brief, we feel the weight of your pain. Today, we were reminded of the story of Easter and its message of hope in the midst of sorrow. On Friday, there was great loss, but on Monday, there was great joy. In between those two days was a long and difficult day. We pray that God gives you both the strength and comfort to endure this long day and that He walks with you every step of the way.

  4. Pam, Steve, Evan, and Gabby,
    Our hearts are shattered for you. We have so many great memories with your kids and ours. We hope your memories will bring you some level of peace in the days ahead. God bless you.
    Terri & Al

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. You know Collin Was One of my favorite Lakes Kiddos. He was an amazing Kid. He brought lots of laughter into my life. May you all find Peace In Your life. Big Hugs. Mrs Onan

  6. Pam & Steve, our hearts ache for you as you face such a horrible loss, and we want to let you know we’re thinking of you many times each day and keeping you close in prayer. May you have a strong sense of the presence of Christ, the One who “knows our infirmities,” who “remembers that we are dust,” and who promises always, “I will never leave you.”

  7. Colin & Gabi,
    Your always in our heart’s and in our minds. Blessings to the both of you, and Colin is still a great young man. I called him the gentle giant. Its rare you meet someone in life, that is so kind and gentle to GABI, as he was. May Gabis heart be filled with joy that she met such a wonderful man. God calls us all sometimes, when we least expect it. To GABI, Colin will live in your heart forever, and he is in God’s kingdom unexpectedly, it hurts now and you feel as if it’s surreal.
    Take your time.
    We all are here for you, always.
    All our Love,

    Your Neighbors
    The Mohr’s.

  8. Pam and Steve
    We are so very sorry to learn of Collin’s passing, there are no wort , however, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers for the comfort that only God can provide.

  9. Our hearts are sadden by lovely, sweet Collin’s passing, we didn’t know him long but sure did enjoy him and Gabi’s company. He was such a sweet, gentle man. You will be missed Collin!!!

  10. An incredible loss; my heart is full of memories of growing up together. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you even in this time of pain.

  11. Dear Hunt Family,
    We were so sadden hearing the devastating news of Collin’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. There are no words to express the sorrow of this loss. It was an honor and privilege to be a part of his life. To watch him grow up, and up. He had a huge heart, which he shared, freely. Kind and gentle. Pam, Steve, Gabby, Evan, Ashley we are here for you. Whatever you need.

  13. I am so saddened to hear of Collin’s death. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Gabi,

    We are friends of Loren & Karla. Although we haven’t met, we do understand the breathtaking pain of losing someone you love. We are praying for you and your family. We made a small contribution to Equest Center to honor Collin’s life. May the Lord give you strength and peace.
    Janet & Stephen Robinson

  15. We are heartbroken for you all and are here in Prayer and whatever you need.

  16. Dear Hunt family, we were so sorry to hear of Collin’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Memorial Contributions:

Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding

3777 Rector Ave. NE Rockford, MI 49341


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