Chance David Collier
Libby, 20

Chance David Collier, 20, died on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Kalispell, MT.  He was born June 14, 2000 in Libby, MT.

Chance attended
Libby and Columbia Falls public schools where he had excelled in wrestling and football.

Chance had currently been working for Roseburg Forest Products in Missoula, making many friends along the way.

Chance never met a stranger! Always the life of the party, he could change the mood of the entire room with his
goofiness, beautiful smile and his contagious laugh.  He had a deep respect for his elders and enjoyed listening and learning from their stories. He always loved getting his Nanny’s one-of-a-kind, cottage cheese cookies!

Chance was a hard worker, always believing that hard work and a good paycheck would make his dreams come true. He was fulfilling his goals as he was already purchasing his 2016 BMW at 20 years of age.

Chance loved the Lord, his family, his countless friends and the family dog, Sammy. He was the kind of boy that made sure to either call or
message his momma
daily, just to see how things were going back home. Chance found his joy and happiness in
seeing and making others happy.

There are countless stories of how he had helped so many people through hard times.

His beautiful smile; his contagious laugh; his love for others; and of course, those gorgeous, one of a kind, Blue Angel Eyes will never be forgotten. He will forever live on in
our hearts and memories until we meet again.

Fly High Our Beautiful Guardian Angel!

Chance is survived
by his mother Denise Searles; stepfather Bryan Searles; dad Brett Collier;
brothers Brandon,
Andrew and Ty Collier; grandparents Larry and Liz Williams; aunts and uncles Glynda Olson, Joey and Veronica Meacham, Bill Meacham and David Meacham; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Glenn and Joanne Collier.

Services for Chance were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, at Schnackenberg Funeral in Libby, Mont.

Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting:

National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline:

Fireworks and Wildfire

Submitted by Jennifer Nelson, Lincoln County Forester


Don’t let the recent spell of cool, wet weather fool you into thinking fire danger is reduced. The fire danger is HIGH and fire season is just getting started with hot, dry, and windy days ahead that increase the potential for wildfires. 87% of all wildfires are human caused and fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018. Here are some important things to remember when using fireworks in Lincoln County.


It is illegal to light fireworks within the city limits of Libby and Eureka.

It is illegal to light fireworks on Forest Service and State of Montana lands, including campgrounds and parks.


Be Responsible and Safe

Fireworks can cause injury and start fires– only adults should light fireworks.

Don’t modify fireworks or hold them in your hands. Hot debris can cause injury and start fires.

Light fireworks on level ground, free of flammable materials including overhanging branches and dry grass.

Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby in case of fire and douse used fireworks in water to make sure they are out.

Obey and cooperate with all fire bans, restrictions, and closures. These can be found at


For more wildfire information, go to