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O'CONNOR, Colin 33, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. Colin was born Jan. 24, 1978, in Jackson, Mich. He graduated from the University of Arizona, first with a B.S. in 1999, and later an M.S. in mechanical engineering in 2002. One of his achievements while there was being awarded university honors for leading the development of a solar-electric vehicle, which placed first in class at the 2001 cross-country American Solar Challenge. After graduation, Colin began his career at Lockheed Martin as a project lead, responsible for all aero development. His detailed work as a propulsion engineer established him as a multiple recipient of the Silver Chairman's Award for development of a new F-35 STOVL auxiliary inlet design to enhance STOVL performance. Most recently, Colin had accepted a promotion to the air vehicle lead for Bell Helicopter. He easily could have worked for Aviation Week, he was constantly blogging and seeking out aerospace information; everything aerospace fascinated Colin. This was not his job, aerospace was his passion. Colin appreciated the smaller things in life as well. He loved his cats, especially Little One, and Jujubes. His favorite movie was "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and he was the ultimate beer snob. Colin loved his curly hair and thus loved the Texas humidity, which made it extra curly. He enjoyed travel, with his favorite destination city being San Francisco, Calif. He also loved Santa Barbara, specifically the bed and breakfast called "The Bath House" located on Bath Street. He was active in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, SAE and The Skunk Works. His generosity, kindness, love and encyclopedic brain will be missed by everyone who had the great pleasure to know him. Survived by his loving wife, Sarah Elizabeth O'Connor; mother, Cynthia Anne O'Connor; father, James A. O'Connor and wife, Constance; brother, James O'Connor; sister, Keary O'Connor; brother, Michael O'Connor; brother, John O'Connor; sister, Rosa O'Connor; and sister, Maria O'Connor. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Greenwood Funeral Home, Funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Greenwood Chapel, with a reception to follow in the Garden Reception Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National MS Society at Condolences may be forwarded to the family through the funeral home. Greenwood Funeral Home, 3100 White Settlement Rd., 817-336-0584

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