Jim died peacefully at home with his family surrounding him with LOVE, though his body was ravaged with the affects of 28 years with Parkinson Disease.
Jim was born in Heavener, OK to Helen and Clifton Oliver. The family moved to Santa Clara, CA when Jim was seven years old.
Graduated Santa Clara High School 1953, Graduated San Jose City College 1955, Graduated San Jose State College 1958. Drafted and served U.S Army 1958-1960. Stationed at Ford Ord, CA and Seoul, South Korea, where among other duties, he taught English to South Korean soldiers.
Taught at Clayton Valley High School, Concord, CA 1961-1963. Taught at Clyde Fisher Jr. High, East San Jose, CA 1963-1967 and taught and coached at Gilroy High School 1967-1996. Jim also took over coaching the girls Basketball team at Notre Dame High School, Salinas, when Coach Hagen died mid-season. Jim was lucky enough to take that team to the State Championship games at the Oakland Coliseum. He had a total of Educating Students for 36 years, an abundant life.
Survived by wife of 61 years, Carolyn, son Tucker, daughters Shannon, Amber and Shelby. Grandchildren Tayler Hofrichter, Anthony Avalos, Nico Avalos and Cade Oliver-Ange. Great-granddaughter Kaydence Hofrichter and brother, Bill (Sandy) Oliver of San Jose, also many nieces and nephews.
Loved by many. Missed by all.
Private Services. A memorial will be held at a later date.
If you desire, contributions appreciated to: American Hospice & Home Care, 6850 Regional St. Ste. 100A, Dublin, CA 94568; American Parkinson Disease Assoc., Parkinson Plaza/Find A Cure!, 135 Parkinson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305-1425; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN, 38101-9929