By Larry Landaker
It saddens me to report that PEC member and reform activist, Dave Collins of Johnson City, died today at Scott and White Hospital in Lakeway. He had fallen ill several days ago and was rushed to the hospital. No arrangements have been announced by the family at this hour.
Dave Collins was one of several PEC members who revolted against the authoritarian reign of Bennie Fuelberg and his complicit board of directors over 10 years ago. Following a member lawsuit against the cooperative, he demanded reforms that resulted in the election of board members. He further advocated a member Bill of Rights, guaranteeing open records, open meetings and the democratic governance which prevails today.
On a personal note, Mr. Collins advised me on numerous occasions through my six years on the PEC board, two of them as Board president. He was an experienced business consultant. I considered him one of my wisest and most trusted confidants. We didn’t agree on everything but he was a straight shooter which I respected. He was also a great friend and we shared many cups of coffee discussing LBJ, Blanco County, Vietnam, PEC and a host of other topics too long to list. Dave served his nation honorably in Vietnam. He was exceptionally well-read and I reveled in his intellect.
I last saw Dave in Blanco about 6 weeks ago where we met for breakfast. He appeared happy and healthy and we enjoyed one last cup of coffee at an outside table that balmy winter morning, an experience which I will always remember. I will miss him terribly. Rest in peace, good friend.