9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 16770 13th Street South, Lake St. Croix Beach, MN
Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 16770 13th Street South, Lake St. Croix Beach, MN
J. Michael Colloton of Hudson, WI (formerly of Minneapolis) went to be with his Lord on September 15, 2017. Michael was born August 17, 1941, the fifth child of Miriam and Harold Colloton. He is preceded in death by his mother, Miriam, his father, Harold, brothers Jim (Pat) and Richard, and his sister Kathryn (Roger) Morse, and sister-in-law, Mary Ann.
Michael is survived by his wife, Sandra; sons John, Mark and his children Harold and Louise, and Daniel, and their mother, Elizabeth Colloton; his brother, John; stepdaughter, Carson and her husband, Scott, and her children, Drake and Stevy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa and received a B.A. degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1963, a J.D. degree for the University of Iowa, College of Law in 1966 and a M.A. in Labor Relations from the University of Illinois in 1967.
Michael practiced law for 41 years, specializing in representing employers in Labor and Employment matters. During his career, he worked at various corporations, including Monsanto, Dayton Hudson (now Target Corporation), General Mills, and law firms including Martin L. Garten, Lloyd MacAloon and Associates, his own firm, Colloton & Associates, Mackel Crounse & Moore, and finally at Moss & Barnett until his retirement in 2007.
He accepted leadership roles in various organizations including: President of the Loras College Alumni Club of the Twin Cities; Chair of the Loras College National Alumni Board; Regent on the Loras College Board of regents for 8 years and was elected to the position of Regent Emeritus in 2011; Chair of the Finance Committee of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis; Chair of the Board of Greater Metropolitan Employers & Employees Health, Welfare and Pension Trust Funds; and President of the Troy Village Homeowners’ Associations. He was an annual contributing editor for supplements to the ABA, Labor Law Section’s treatise “The Developing Labor Law” from its first publication in 1976 until his retirement in 2007. He was also named to the list of “Super Lawyers” by his peers in 2006, an honor only granted to 5% of Minnesota lawyers.
Michael had the privilege of representing employers in a wide range of industries, which made for a very interesting and satisfying career. Among them were: hotels, bars and restaurants, concrete manufacturers, nursing homes, courier services, the original Yellow Pages company, catering companies, rural telephone companies, car dealerships, a law firm, fragrance manufacturer, building supply company, trucking companies, food co-ops, garment manufacturers, food delivery services, liquor and beer distributers, wholesale meat producers, an electronic parts manufacturer, grocery stores, retail stores, excavation company, private athletic clubs, malting companies, building maintenance companies, hair stylist salons, jewelry manufacturer, toy and game manufacturers, airport equipment manufacturer, meat producers, medical product suppliers, waste management companies, home decorating suppliers, craft materials distributor, food distributor, excavation company, malting company, chemical manufacturer, medical supply company, lighting company, building maintenance company, printing company, ambulance services and seafood distributors. He was always grateful to his employer clients for allowing him to have such a successful and satisfying career.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: a wake will be held at St. Francis of Assisi on September 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Michael will be buried in his hometown of Mason City, Iowa at the Elmwood/St. Joseph Cemetery on September 22, 2017. His burial site is among his, parents, grandparents, sister, brother and brother-in-law, and several aunts. May he rest in peace.