The Obit For Dell Oliver

Dell Walter Oliver

The San Diego Union-Tribune 4/27/2008.


OLIVER, DELL WALTER Dell Walter Oliver, died Sunday, April 20, 2008, in Orem, Utah. He was born the first and only son of Jesse Walter and Lillian Wilson Oliver on September 15, 1919, in Driggs, Idaho. Dell's family moved to San Diego, California in 1923 and he lived in San Diego for the next 84 years until he moved to Utah in 2007.

Dell married Irene Fuller LaRocco on October 19, 1954, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They lived in La Mesa, California for the next 54 years. Dell was a talented athlete, B-17 bomber top turret gunner, faithful and devoted husband to Irene for over 53 years. He was the honorable father of 7 boys and 4 girls, grandfather to 30 and great-grandfather to 17. He attended Hoover High School.

He pitched for the Pacific Coast League Padres from 1939 to 1941. He served his country in World War II from 1942 to 1945 in the Army Air Force, proudly bringing peace through victory.

He was a plumbing contractor, and successful business owner of Dell Oliver and Sons Plumbing. Dell was an active member of the of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved the gospel and served an 18 month mission to Australia with his wife Irene. Together they served in the Los Angeles and San Diego Temples for over 19 years.

Dell is preceded in death by his two sisters, eldest son Tom (Rhonda), and three grandsons. Dell is survived by his wife, Irene, children, John (Terry), Mike (Denise), Judi (Steve) Morse, James, David, Robyn (Frank) Delgado, Dirk (Char), Colleen Bunch, Barry (Peggy), Renee (Larry) Hartmann, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and Marian (Pearson) Oliver.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday April 29th, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, 5555 Aztec Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942. Interment at the Utah Veteran's Cemetery with military honors.

Online condol-ences at: www.serenicare.com. Dell, Honey, Dad, Grandpa - Loved and remembered for the hard work he put into taking care of his family and staying active and devoted to the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout his life.