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Anthony Tony Olivas

Anthony Olivas

August 23, 1958 ~ January 8, 2020

Anthony (Tony) Olivas made his last inappropriate and more than likely sarcastic gesture on January 8, 2020, at the age of 61.  We think he did this on purpose mainly because he was a stubborn old bastard. 

Affectionately known as Tony O by his family and friends, he was a welder by trade and an avid rider. Tony was an extraordinarily great man, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend who was born August 23, 1958 in Ogden, Utah to Gloria (Draper) and Cornelio “Shorty” Olivas.

He took extreme pride in and loved his son, Nicholas and adorable granddaughters Taylie, and Makinlie, as much as he loved his mustache and beard, his breakfasts with Nicholas, cold Budweiser, grilling, eating miniature size candy by the handful, flannel sheets, hanging out at the pool, going off on (hilarious) tangents, cigarettes, looking at life through his rose-colored glasses, and riding with his Brothers.

He fondly reminisced about good friends, good drinks, and good times at Angelo’s, The HogDen, and Dar’s.

He was a ladies’ man, beer slayer, and an outlaw.  Not necessarily in that order.  He hated loud-mouthed know-it-alls, his feet, pizole, and hypocrites.  Not necessarily in that order. 

Tony leaves behind a very dysfunctional family that he was very proud of (at least one side of the family).  Tony was renowned for not holding back his opinion and a knack for telling it like it is.  He always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear.  With that said he was genuine to a fault, a teddy bear at heart, and yet he sugar-coated absolutely nothing.  His extensive vocabulary was more than highly proficient at knowing more swear words than most people learned in a lifetime.  He liked four-letter words as much as he loved riding his Harley.  Everyone always knew where they stood with Tony O.  He either liked you or he didn’t - period.  But on the other hand, Tony would be the first to take his shirt off of his back for you and would give you his undivided attention if you needed him to lend an ear.

Tony led a very full life, sometimes pushing it to the limits, and taught that all the really good things in life are beyond the “Do Not Enter” signs.

He will be sorely missed and survived by his son Nicolas Olivas; “Adopted” daughter Brittany Carey; Siblings: MarLaine, Dee, Bobbie, Pete, Pam, Colleen, and Pepo; Granddaughters Taylie Olivas and Makinlie Olivas; “Adopted” grandchildren Tabitha McDonald and Mickey McDonald; Uncles, aunts, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gloria and Cornelio “Shorty” Olivas, his brother Kemo Olivas, and his true love Trisha Gooch.

All whom loved him dearly will never forget his tenacity, wit, charm, sarcasm, and undying love.

The family would like to extend a great deal of gratitude to the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and staff at McKay Dee Hospital who took exceptional care of Tony and for taking the time to patiently explain matters and make his family feel comfortable.

Per Tony’s wishes, in lieu of a service, a ‘Celebration of Life’ will be held at a later date.  Well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a Budweiser can and drink it in his honor. 

Please note the change of address to his new place of residence, Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, UT 84403 directly next door to Trish’s place.


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Dear Anthony,
I've had enough time to get used to you being gone. After you walked away so long ago, I've been flooded with memories of you that have made me miss you all these years. And quite frankly, the memories gave me comfort. However, you being gone (way too soon) makes me realize that im not used to it at all. You are no longer a text away. I am thinking of our Battleship game. You and I were the only ones home You challenged me to a game. I loved that you would even bother with your baby sister. Anyway, we played in the doorway by the fridge, you laid in the front room and laid in the kitchen with the game across the threshold, Hahahaha! Why there? I really don't know. When you were on the Clearfield High wrestling team, you would practice your pins on me. Ugh, it was hard on this girl. But the worst part was knowing what was coming when I was pinned. Yes, your dirty sock was ALWAYS shoved in my face with you laughing hysterically and me gagging. You played catch with me during the summer to help with my straight throws and make sure I did not throw like a girl. You would pick me up from school in the brown mustang but I couldnt sing to the songs, BOO! and I always had to make sure i was by the door so no one thought I was your girlfriend. You were so weird!! Your first Harley was a fun time for you. I dont know who was more excited, you or mom. She loved seeing you ride. You made Nicolas such a proud son when you coached his baseball team. He learned his love for the sport from you. I know you were very proud of him when he and his best friend joined the Army together. I know you were scared for him but was so proud that he would serve his country.

Anth, I could go on and on. We all make choices in this imperfect life. We have wronged someone and offended others. I dont think anyone is as hard on us as ourselves. I am grateful you are my bother. I am grateful that you gave me wonderful memories to comfort me when I see a mass of motorcycles riding passed me knowing that if I sent a text to you, letting you know that it is great day for a ride, it will go no where. Or when I go by the fields you played ball on. Oh my gosh! You were so fast running the bases that if Pete was on 2nd, you ended up right behind him coming in home! It was so much fun spending our summers cheering for you three, You, Pete and Bobbie, out at 4th street and in the field by Wasatch Elementary. I think we all tried to out do her, but Mom cheered the loudest!

I love you. I am so happy you are with Mom, Dad, Kemo, Ron, and Trish. That too, brings me comfort. I love you Anthony. I pray that even though you had so much more to give that you are at peace now.

Your baby sister,

Colleen Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

Tony, you were always so crazy and almost as funny as me! I'm sure it was amazing to be
Reunited with Kemo. When Kemo was in High School, he had a job at Crown Billiards. I would visit him often. The last time I went there to see him right before I moved to CA, it was chilly that night and I had left my coat at home. Kemo, being the nicest guy ever, Gave me his sweater, I told him I couldnt bring it back, he told me to keep it. To this day...I still have that sweater. Bless you Tony and the entire Oliva family.

Sherri Sill Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

After years of missing you to her last breath, our baby sister said it perfectly when she said "Mom isn't waiting for Anthony anymore". Though you are gone way to soon, I am so happy for mom. I can only imagine how excited she was to see you.
I will forever choose to remember you when you would call me for advice, when you would call me when you were hurting, when you would call me before you made any decision, when we went through our whole school years together since the first grade. Not for the last ugly 10 years.
God, Grant me the SERENITY To accept the things I cannot change, The COURAGE To change The Things I can, And The WISDOM To Know The Difference.
I know you loved this prayer Anthony, it is so appropriate in my life right now. REST IN PEACE ANTHONY. I pray you are truly at peace now.

Pam Jan 23 2020 12:00 AM

Anthony, I got a call from our two younger sisters telling me you had passed away. I want you to know it was a sad thing to hear. I have many great memories of you through out the years. Remember the ship parties in Long Beach at the Naval yard? You were the fastest in all the races. Of course you needed my help in the wheel barrel and three legged races but we still won them as well. Playing ball in San Pedro and then in Clearfield after our move, you were still one of the quickest. Watching you playing with your new son Nicholas. You were a proud Papa for sure. Now Nic has given you two gorgeous grand daughters ( I would only compare them to my own). Our roads went in separate directions as we got older with each doing what we thought needed to be done. Perhaps if we had one more day. With Dad, Mom and Kemo meeting you at the eternal gate, I hope conversations needing to take place can happen so matters left too long can begin to get worked out. I will miss you and regret you leaving with so much life still left to be lived. RIP Pete

Pete Jan 21 2020 12:00 AM

My heart felt condolences to all of Tony O'S family, and to all of us who have had the honor of having him in our lives. You are missed my brother. RIDE IN PEACE...

Deuce Lloyd Jan 17 2020 12:00 AM

Rest in peace. Rid Free big brother. MLLH&R.

Jeff Chapman Jan 17 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Anthony Olivas

Mandy hamblin Jan 17 2020 12:00 AM

I love you my friend

Mandy hamblin Jan 17 2020 12:00 AM

God bless and rest in peace Big Brother made me grow up to be a tough sucker great friend when we were young and great friends when we were old one thing about him once you became his friend it was a life commitment love you and like we used to say see you in Paradise

Anthony Tone Conover Jan 16 2020 12:00 AM

Love you Tony you was a great man I loved seeing you're face in the morning you always made my day and hanging out with you was even more fun me and the girls will miss you in at Klassy we love you for ever in out hearts!!

Cherryfife78@yahoo.com Jan 16 2020 12:00 AM

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