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Mark Oliver

Mark Oliver

Saturday, October 20th, 1951 Sunday, April 14th, 2019

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Obituary for Mark Allen Oliver

Olie. Coach. Grampy. Dad. Mark.

Born Mark Allen Oliver in Los Angeles, California on October 20, 1951, he was the first child of Catherine “Jeanne” Oliver and Dewey Allen Oliver. As the first of five children (survived by Mike, Jeannette, Tony, and Karen), Mark helped his mother Jeanne care for the brothers and sisters after their father died in 1961.

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Mark was passionate about sports from a young age, especially baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers. While attending Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, he played an array of sports but kept his passion for baseball above all others. After graduating high school in 1969, he joined the US Navy and afterward joined the workforce with a Howard Hughes company, for which he would work for the rest of his life.

In 1978, Mark’s adult life began to take a more defined shape. In one the offices at Hughes Aircraft Company, he spotted his future wife, Mary Iritano. After dating for 18 months, the two were married on April 26, 1980 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino. They made a home for themselves in Chatsworth and had their first child, Christina Marie, in 1984. Soon after, they relocated to Simi Valley where Mark would live out the rest of his life. In 1988, his son, Robert Allen, was born, and the two were raised by Mark and Mary in Simi Valley, where they both attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, a fatherly and faithful fulfillment of which Mark was extremely proud.

He sent both of his children to college, and always encouraged further education; he was the example by attending Pierce College; California State University, Northridge (for whom Mark played ice hockey, his favorite sport as an adult); and La Verne University, where he achieved his bachelor’s degree in business. Mark had the privilege of seeing his beloved Los Angeles Kings hoist the Stanley Cup twice in person, once with Robert in 2012 and once with Christina in 2014.

In August of 2017, Mark welcomed his first grandchild, Francesca Diana, the daughter of Robert and his wife, Angelika. In February of 2019, their second child, Valentino Allen, was born. Toward the end of his life, Mark’s biggest joys came from playing with his grandson and granddaughter. Hearing Francesca say “Grampy” and getting a big grin from Valentino always pulled big laughs and smiles out of Mark. His love for the two led him to build a house in San Diego close to where his son’s family lives, though he was not able to relocate before the end of his life.

Although his death was sudden and a shock, Mark lost what was ultimately a long battle with heart disease on April 14, 2019. He is survived by all four of his siblings, his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Throughout his life, Mark was an intensely committed family man of faith. His wife, children, and grandchildren were his ultimate joys, and he reminded them of this regularly. He will be missed by others as an extremely friendly, passionate, and loyal man who always offered a seat at a sporting event, at his church, and in his home.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Reardon Simi Valley Funeral Home
    2636 Sycamore Drive
    SIMI VALLEY, CA
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    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
    6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Rosary to begin at 7pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 10:00am
    St Rose of Lima Church
    1305 Royal Ave.
    SIMI VALLEY, CA
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    Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
    10:00am
  • Interment

    Assumption Catholic Cemetery
    1380 Fitzgerald Road
    SIMI VALLEY, CA
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Brothers of Knights of Columbus Council 9410, Phyllis Thom, and others have sent flowers to the family of Mark Allen Oliver.
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Brothers of Knights of Columbus Council 9410, Phyllis Thom, and others have sent flowers to the family of Mark Allen Oliver.
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Rick and Sylvia Liebscher

Mary, we're so sorry. Rick and I were 5:00 mass in the back row. I'd been thinking of you
and wondering if you'd moved. I just happened to Google you today and to my dismay came across the obituary. Just complete shock. Rick and I are here for you. My email
address is aquabot80@aol.com and cell phone 805-630-7235. Even just to talk. please don't hesitate. God Bless, Rick and Sylvia Liebscher.
Comment | Posted at 09:56pm via Condolence
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Ellen Schommer and family

Our hearts are heavy knowing that Mark ("Sparky") is no longer here on earth, but everything he has been to all of his loved ones continues on. Mark and I have been friends for over 40 years, and I have wonderful memories of him, his wacky humor, and his love of life, family and friends. May peace and warmth surround his family always. That is what he would want. Much love to you all.
Comment | Posted at 04:41pm via Condolence
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Brothers of Knights of Columbus Council 9410

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Vivat Jesus!
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Phyllis Thom

Rest In Peace, Mark. You were a wonderful person and it was an honor to know you.
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Diana and Joel Vann

We are deeply saddened at the loss of Mark. Mark was a wonderful, steadfast friend who will never be forgotten. Our prayers for the entire family.
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