Santiago "Jim" Olivas lost a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Jim was born on July 14, 1950, to Antonio and Rita Soto Olivas in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rita Soto Olivas. He is survived by his father, Antonio Olivas, brother, Tony Olivas (Chita) of Canutillo, Texas, Dan Olivas (Misie) of Avondale, Arizona, Sam Olivas of Las Cruces; his sisters, Lupe Olivas of San Jose, California, Linda Olivas of Las Cruces, Teena Smith (Frank); and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Sylvia Olivas, the mother of his children; he will be missed dearly by Jaime Olivas Jr. (Carmela), Diane Michelle (Chris) Barela, Louie Olivas and six beautiful grandchildren Jenevah, Elijah, Leah, Krista, Eva and baby. Jim loved fishing, hunting, and being outdoors. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a hard worker whose occupation involved the auto parts industry. He worked with several local auto parts stores in town and dedicated his last 20-plus years to Pep Boys. Jimbo's favorite colors were black, white and deep purple. He enjoyed tinkering with vehicles and painting them with his favorite colors. He was an avid Elvis fan and will always be remembered for his "shake a leg" and Elvis moves. We would like to extend a special thank you to Memorial Medical Hospital, MMC cancer center, and La Posada Mesilla Valley Hospice for their help and care of our precious father. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at Getz Funeral Home. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home & Getz Family Crematory 1410 E. Bowman Ave., Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com.
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GETZ FUNERAL HOME - LAS CRUCES
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Las Cruces, NM 88001
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 15, 2014