Christian Oliver

Obituary of Christian J Oliver

Christian J. Oliver


Christian J. Oliver, 75, was born October 4, 1944, in Enumclaw, Washington, to Otto and Juanita Oliver and died Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Tacoma General Hospital. He grew up with his brother Carl and multiple relatives in Hoonah, Alaska, moving to Tacoma to attend Mt. Tahoma High School where he graduated in 1964.

Chris leaves behind his wife, Judy, of 38 years, and 7 children: Karl Oliver, Norman Oliver (Teresa), Marvin Oliver (Jennifer), Douglas Oliver (Paula), Nikki Oliver, Andria Craig (Andy), and Tiffany Kehn (Doug). He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, his brother Carl (Judy), half-sister June Airrington (Ken), and numerous cousins.

Chris was employed by Tacoma Rail as a Senior Locomotive Mechanic and retired in 2004 after 35 years of service. He served for several years on the North Clover Creek Collins Community Board, thoroughly enjoying his civic connection with his neighbors. Chris also volunteered weekly as a handyman for the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage and Art Center at the Washington State Fairgrounds, where he was highly regarded, receiving Volunteer of the Year status in 2019. The Center is quoted as saying “Chris was quiet, kind, funny, and hardworking. He never looked for praise or accolades—he just came in with a big smile and ready to tackle whatever project was at hand”.

Chris was known for his green thumb, drawing many questions and compliments regarding his gardening skills. He also enjoyed many woodworking projects, fishing, hunting, boating, and tinkering in his shop…a man of many talents.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in remembrance of Chris to The Fred Oldfield Western Heritage and Art Center at His family hopes to plan a celebration of life when it is safe to gather.

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