Legendary Houston radio DJ dead at 68

Dennis Maurice "Crash" Collins with his wife, Roxana (Dayna Steele)

November 6, 2011 4:05:49 PM PST
Legendary Houston radio icon Dennis Maurice "Crash" Collins died Sunday after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 68 years old.

Crash was a Nashville native who found his way to Houston in 1962. He graduated from Lamar High School and started earning a living by playing bass guitar while he attended the University of Houston.

He helped start Rock 101 (KLOL) with Pat Fant. In 1971, "Crash in your Dash" made history by mixing and playing his own show.

Crash was active for over four decades and could be heard on six radio stations -- KUHF, KLOL, KILT, KULF, KNUZ and KZFX.

In addition to radio, Crash released a Christmas album, appeared on local TV shows, had a career doing voice-overs and appeared at many local clubs. He also served as an auctioneer at charity events and golf tournaments, and was declared Volunteer of the Year for The University of Texas Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in 1988.

Crash was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2010.

Crash is survived by his wife of 26 years, Roxana Marx Collins, his children, Lacy Collins Price and Travis Lee Collins, and his mother Ann Grummer.

A "Bash for Crash" benefit for the family will be held at 12:30pm on November 13 at the Concert Pub on Richmond Ave. in Houston. A memorial will immediately follow.

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