Todd Collins

Keep Torch Blue Fund

TLPA and TCC will not sit “on the sidelines” and watch our beloved lake transform dramatically before our eyes.


Ernest “Todd” Collins II, 70, of Central Lake, Michigan (formerly of River Forest, IL and Pinehurst, NC), passed away peacefully on May 19, 2024, overlooking his beloved Torch Lake, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Todd was a dedicated steward of Torch Lake and the surrounding area, contributing countless hours to the “Keep Torch Lake Blue” campaign. He served enthusiastically on the board of the Three Lakes Association and was an active member of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. He worked tirelessly to expand membership, promote initiatives, and raise money to support their causes. He loved sharing his Torch Lake home with friends and family, especially his grandkids. He was so happy and proud to watch the 6th generation of his family enjoy their summers at the lake he loved so much.

Todd was one of the first to actively support the Keep Torch Lake Blue Campaign. Todd put his words into actions. Not afraid to do the hard work, Todd engaged his Torch Lake friends and family with the necessity of acting now to research why Torch Lake was changing. From the early days of the campaign, Todd was fearless in getting others involved. His tireless actions, his generosity, and mainly his incredible spirit is one of the major reasons our campaign has been so successful.

In speaking with Todd in mid-May, he stressed the need for us to finish the campaign so that the research and data gathering can be completed. Please support his legacy through the “Todd Collins Keep Torch Blue Fund”.