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Olliver, Robert D. "Don"
Don, a fourth-generation Arizonan, was born July 8, 1926, and made his transition on August 16, 2013. Upon being told that his heart was worn out and that nothing could be done for him, he had two requests: He wanted to go quietly with no fanfare, and he wanted his ashes scattered on Mormon Mountain near his cabin, his favorite place in the whole world. Don began his insurance career in 1950, when he and a childhood friend acquired his Uncle Harry Kay's agency which later became Olliver/Pilcher Insurance. Don has a storied career in insurance and was very active in the insurance community. He obtained every available insurance designation and was always the consummate professional. Through the years Don was the president, chairman or member of many insurance organizations and committees. He was a recognized Author and Speaker on Agency Acquisitions, Agency Management and Agency Professionalism. He was a speaker at numerous seminars, forums, and state and national conventions throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Europe. Don received the Outstanding Arizona Independent Agent of the Year Award in 1963 and was elected to Arizona Insurance Hall of Fame in 1992. Some of his civic activities include Past President of Phoenix Midtown Rotary, Past Director of Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Past Trustee of Heard Museum, Past Board member of Faith House, Villa De Fidelis, Valley Youth Organization, and Simula, Inc. He was a past member of BPOE Elks, AZ Lodge No. 2, F. & A.M., El Zaribah Shrine, Phoenix Sportsmen Association, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Academy, Arizona Historical Society, Sharlot Hall Society, and First Families of Arizona. He was a past member of Phoenix and Paradise Valley Country Clubs. Despite a serious hearing loss Don became an Eagle Scout and went on to become skilled in hunting, fly fishing, camping, boating, tying flies and karate. He named one of his flies "The Olliver Twist." He was raised by his great Aunt Ella and great Uncle Harry Kay (his guardians) at 3105 N. Central Avenue. He attended Osborn School, North High and The University of Arizona where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Don retired three times but kept going back to work because he loved keeping current with the challenges presented by a changing industry. His last position was that of Risk Manager with NFP Property & Casualty Services where he worked until three months prior to his passing at 87 years old! Don is survived by his wife, Winn, his son Don Olliver, Jr of Mesa, his daughter, Mary Ann Maddick (Graeme) of Crosby, England, two grandsons Perry of Mesa and Tim of Scottsdale, his brother William P. Olliver of Mexico City, his niece Julie Tausend (Woody) of Moraga, CA, three nephews, Bob Olliver of Boulder, CO, Bill Olliver, Jr (Sophia) of Redwood City, CA and John Olliver (Robin) of Lawrenceville, GA. Anyone wishing to remember Don may make a donation in his name to Hallmark Hospice at 6336 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, AZ 85205 or Christ Church School at 4015 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 30, 2014
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