Dakota “Koty” Allen Collins
April 6, 2001 – August 3, 2020
I’ll lend you for a little while, a child of mine, God said for you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he’s dead. It may be six or seven years, or forty-two or three but will you, till I call him back , take care of him for me? He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and should his stay be brief you’ll always have his memories as a solace in your grief. I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return, but there are lessons taught below I want this child to learn. I’ve looked this whole world over in my search for teachers true and from the folk that crowd life’s lane I now have chosen you. So will you give him all your love and not think the labour vain, nor hate me when I come to take this lent child back again? I fancy that I heard them say “Dear God, thy will be done. For all the joys this child will bring the risk of grief we’ll run. We will shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may and for all the happiness we’ve ever known, we’ll ever grateful stay. But should the angels call him much sooner than we’d planned we will brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.” – Edgar A. Guest
Dakota was born in Daytona Beach, Florida where he also passed away from life threatening injuries. He graduated from New Smyrna Beach High School in 2019. A sweet boy with such a loving heart who had never met a stranger. His smile was infectious and his laugh would brighten up any room. He had such a love for life, always seeing the good in things and people. From the age of 2 until the day he left us all he never sat still. Always running around with friends, riding his bikes, hanging at the beach, riding his fourwheeler or out at a car meet. This kid could only be described as “amazing”. He was always the first to pester you and make you open up when he would sense you were feeling down, chat many a late night talks with his friends, long car rides just to help you clear your head, dropping off food for an impromptu meal, working on vehicles, wiring lights or stereos, daily calls or texts to just check up on you, stop by unannounced just to say hi or just going for a ride him and his dog in his truck. The list goes on and on. He truly is a one in a million, you just don’t see many people his age with such a caring, kind and loving heart. His love of outdoors, automobiles, animals, family, friends and adventure always kept him busy but grounded. It gave him a sense of purpose to be lending a hand to people in need no matter what the need or situation and without judgement. A real life teddybear, hence the childhood nickname that has stuck ever since “Kotabear”. He loved to hug and tell ‘his people’ that he loved them every day, you never had to guess your value to him as he reminded you often. His uncle Brian said it best when he said he was born and lived as a “mechanic”. He could fix anything, stereos, cars, trucks, and pretty much anything with a motor. But that’s not all! Koty also fixed people’s moods, bad days, sadness, outlooks, situations, hearts, minds, perspectives, spirits, and so much more.
Dakota is survived by his parents Cynthia and Eugene Oglesby, Todd Collins; grandparents Sherrie and Mark Sigman, Arlene (Robert) Ferrino; Uncle Brian (Nicole) Sigman, Jason (Michelle) Collins; siblings Sarah (Eryck) Adolphson, Ryan Collins, Brandon Oglesby, Alyssa Oglesby; nephews Jayden, Kyle, David, Dallas, Evander; nieces Lauren, Layla, Arabella; many cousins, great aunts and uncles and numerous and countless friends.
Dakota was loved by so many and will be greatly missed. Until we meet again, there are no goodbyes only see you later. Save us a high spot up in the bleachers bud.
A gathering for friends and family to share will be held Saturday August 8, 2020 from 5-8pm at Samsula Lodge 421 N. Samsula Dr, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168. We ask that if you wish to bring something you bring a picture or a story of your connection with Dakota to share with us.
Arrangements are being made for a celebration of life in his honor and car rally the date will be Saturday September 26,2020 from 5-8pm at One Daytona Plaza behind Bass Pro Shops. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Dakota’s love of cars and trucks kept him busy every minute of his spare time. He would want this to be the biggest party ever!