To Honor His Service and Ultimate Sacrifice

1st Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, Fox Company 2nd Platoon


KIA August 8, 2004 ~ Operation Iraqi Freedom


LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Memorial Fund





8th Annual Golf Outing

May 10, 2013

Gleneagles Country Club

Lemont, IL


A Message from the HeartSM

January 19 & 26, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA





A Message from the HeartSM


St. Gerald's Parish LCPL Jonathan Collins Activity Center



A Message from the HeartSM Family Days October 2011


2011 Memorial Golf Outing


A Message from the HeartSM Family Days March 2011


ABC News San Diego~Video


A Message from the HeartSM Family Days Nov. 2010


NBC 5 News Chicago~Video


A Message from the HeartSM Family Days Sept. 2010

Jon's Life ~ Video

A Message from the HeartSM Recording Event 8/09/10

2010 Memorial Golf Outing

2010 Cubs Game

2009 Soccer Field Dedication

2008 Memorial Golf Outing





The LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Memorial Fund and Foundation


LCPL Jonathan W. Collins, proud member of the 1st Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, gunner for Fox Company 2nd platoon, lost his life on August 8, 2004 while serving his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Jonathan, at the young age of 19, went to Iraq proud of what his unit was trying to accomplish and truly believed they could help the Iraqi people. He was always point man for his platoon because of his easygoing gentle nature. Especially, he loved the Iraqi children trying to reach out to them in friendship and change their understanding of Americans. Jonathan was a courageous and determined young man. He was quick to give a smile and a kind word. He left this world a hero.


His family and friends, so proud of the life that he lived, started the LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Memorial Fund to keep his memory and the memory of his sacrifice alive.


To date, the Fund has donated in excess of $100,000. All of the money donated goes into the Fund. The board members are volunteers. In addition to the Toy's for Tots and the scholarship in his name at his alma mater, Crystal Lake South High School, the Fund has donated to the building of the LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Youth Center in Oak Lawn, IL. The building will house the gymnasium and activity center for St. Geraldís elementary school. It will benefit the schoolís students, grades 1 through 8. The Fund has also provided funding to Crystal Lake South High School for an Athletic Wall of Fame, a new theatre curtain, an activity display case, and most recently, a brand new state of the art soccer field.


The Fund has also donated to individuals and wounded heroes. One individual was Michael Reagan of the Fallen Heroes Project. Michael is an artist who provides portraits of the fallen to their families for free of charge.  Michael is a nationally known artist and his portraits have touched so many families of our fallen heroes.  You can visit him at


On behalf of the LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Memorial Fund, we would like to thank you for your generous contribution. Our hope is that through this Fund we will keep not only the memory of Jonathan and his sacrifice alive, but also assist the many groups that benefit from the Fund.







Jack & Angel Collins

John & Alice Collins

Dan Collins

Amy Collins-Suessen

Vince Baratta

Belinda Baratta

Matt Downs

Brittany Lane

Joanie Kessler


Contact: 815-444-7631



The LCPL Jonathan Collins Memorial Fund and Foundation was started to keep Jonís memory and the memory of his sacrifice alive. Its mission is to support causes and organizations which reflect Jonathan's character, commitment and compassion. We strive to do this through increasing awareness, inspiring patriotism and raising funds in the hope of helping to sustain these causes and organizations in their existence and financial needs.


The LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Memorial Fund is a 501 C (3) Non-Profit Organization established in 2005. We are committed to remembering Jonathan's courageous service and ultimate sacrifice by honoring his giving spirit.


A Message from the HeartSM Mission Statement

As a subset of the Foundationís mission, A Message from the HeartísSM mission is to support Jonathan's fellow service men and women, as well as their families, in times of deployment. The LCPL Jonathan Collins Foundation raises funds to provide children of deploying Marines and military personnel the opportunity to create their own Build-A-Bear ďA Message from the HeartSMĒ Comfort Bear. The bear contains a voice chip with a personally recorded message from the deploying parent. These comfort bears allow the deploying parent to leave a message, from their heart, to their child, that the child can listen to on their time, and on their terms, whenever they need to hear their parentís voice.












The LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Foundation is a 501 (C)

Non-Profit Organization.


Donate Online or mail to:

PO Box 1331

Crystal Lake, IL  60039-1331


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We appreciate all those who have helped in the past and always welcome new friends.  If you would like to help the Foundation or volunteer for an upcoming event, please let us know your interests.

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NBC 5 News Chicago


ABC News San Diego


Mother Honors Fallen Son by Helping Other Marines' Children


Fallen Heros Memorial

New soccer field dedicated
to fallen Marine




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