James R. Olivas

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  • "I was saddened to learn that Master Chief Jim Olivas, USN..."
    - John McMahon
  • "To the Olivas Family, On behalf of the Charleston Base..."
    - Nick Nichols
  • "May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
    - Anthony Olivas
  • "Viola, I worked with Jim for a number of years at the radio..."
    - Gene Carabajal
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Olivas, James R.

With heavy hearts, we are grieving the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. James R. Olivas died on July 19, 2017, after a battle with cancer. He was born June 17, 1935.

James is survived by his wife of 60 years, Viola Trujillo Olivas; his children, JoAnn Ireland and husband Steven, Richard and Angela Olivas and David Olivas and wife Kim; his grandchildren, Michelle J. McGuiness and Ian T. McGuiness and his sister, Frances Gutierrez.

James graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1954. He was most proud of the 22 years he served in the Navy, where he achieved his dream of working in the submarines. He loved his country. After retiring, he spent 10 years with FEL Communications and 15 years with the State of New Mexico as a communications specialist. He was strong and determined, yet loving and kind. There are no words to describe how much he will be missed.

A Rosary will be held Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:15 a.m., followed by Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, 5901 St. Joseph's Drive NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120. A Graveside Service will follow at 2:15 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation:


or by calling

(505) 828-3791.

Please visit our online guestbook for James at


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St Joseph On the Rio Grande
5901 Saint Josephs Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 30, 2017
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