James Wesley Oliver, Jr.|
1931 ~ 2013
On Sunday in the quiet of the night and with his "angel wife" at his side, James Wesley Oliver, Jr. passed on from this earthly existence into the next due to causes incident to age. He will be greatly missed but his stories, poems, and songs will live on forever in our hearts and minds.
He came to this earth on September 9, 1931 in the mining town of Dolores, Colorado to James Wesley Oliver, Sr. and Ida Beatrice Pinkerton Oliver. As the son of a government trapper, Jim spent his childhood summers in a boy's paradise fishing, hunting and trapping in the LaSalle Mountains near Moab, Utah. These fond memories later became the stories that delighted his family and friends and formed the basis of his book, "True Life Adventure Stories of Little Jimmy Oliver, The Trapper's Son."
Always an active and energetic man, Jim played football throughout high school, college, and the Navy-which he served in during the Korean War. During his term of service, he was wounded on the Battleship USS Oriskany.
Following his service for our Country, he married Loraine Castagno on August 8, 1956 in the Logan LDS Temple.
Jim was a man of many talents and great industry. As a carpenter he built three homes during his life, the first at the age of 18. He graduated from Utah State University in 1960 with a degree in Industrial Education and taught Industrial Arts at Roosevelt, Granger, and Kerns High Schools. In 1973 he joined the Engineering Department at Brigham Young University where he spent 17 years teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Machine Shop.
Known by many as a man with a "perfect brightness of hope and a love of God and of all men," Jim served dutifully in the Church, loving scouting. He was a dedicated student of the scriptures and engaging teacher.
Jim spent the last five years of his life under the same quality of loving care in the Heritage Care Center in American Fork.
Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Loraine Castagno and five children: Sharon Warner (Ken) of Springville, John Wesley Oliver (Denise) of Lincoln, Nebraska, Rose Palmer (Brian) of Redlands, California; Tracy Schultz (Craig) of Orem and Julie Andersen (Chuck, deceased) of Lehi; 25 grandchildren; sister Dixie Dalton, in-laws Glenna Oliver and Lola Mae Oliver of Moab, Frank and Ella Santiago of Provo, LaRae Castagno of Orem, LeRoy and Donna Rose of Tooele and many nieces and nephews that loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Lonnie and Delbert Oliver, sister Marjorie Hill and son-in law Charles Andersen.
Services will be held in the White Church in Mapleton on the corner of Maple and Main Street. There will be a viewing on Friday, February 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 82 W. 400 N., Mapleton and Saturday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Services under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary, Springville, Utah.
Published in Deseret News on Feb. 7, 2013