Glen Lee Oliver was born on April 28, 1926, in Oklahoma City to Charles Lester and May Elizabeth Oliver, the youngest of their five children. As a boy he loved visiting his grandparents in the town of Skedee where the Olivers settled in the Oklahoma run. In his later years, he enjoyed revisiting the homestead and resting place of his beloved family.
Glen loved and participated in all sports. He attended Capitol Hill High School and left his senior year early to play in the baseball minor leagues, traveling across the country. When offered a place in the majors, he found himself homesick and returned to Capitol Hill High to graduate. In addition to playing on the football and basketball teams he was a member of the choir where played ‘Curley’ in their ‘Oklahoma’ production.
He married young and moved to Dallas to work at a printing firm. While living there he celebrated the birth of his daughter, Deborah Gwen. Shortly after, he moved back to Oklahoma and began work for the State Transportation Department. Glen also continued to be very active in the hometown church ‘Central Avenue Baptist’. He taught boys Sunday School classes and began directing the music. He participated in and later coached many basketball and baseball church teams. He was faithful to his home church which eventually relocated and was renamed Jefferson Heights Baptist. After 48 years of service, he retired from the music director position.
It was at Jefferson Heights where he was set up on a blind date with Martha Ann with whom he had a wonderful 57-year marriage. Glen adopted Martha’s young son, Mark Steven, and they happily raised him together. He enjoyed coaching Mark’s little league teams for many years. Martha and Glen enjoyed traveling as much as they could, socializing with friends and family, participating in church activities, and caring for all the dogs and cats they had over the years. Glen was a loyal OU football fan and attended almost all games since 1950. In his nineties on the field at halftime, Glen was presented with a special honorary award for his loyalty to the team.
While working at the Transportation Department, Glen became active in the ‘Toastmasters’ organization writing and giving speeches which he enjoyed very much. Glen retired at the age of 75 (because he didn’t like computerization), having worked his way to Materials Division, Liquid Asphalt Engineer and supervisory positions.
Glen was a faithful, loyal, kind, honest, highly-moral, and humble man whose priorities were God, family, church, and country. He was always supportive of the church and encouraged those in God’s ministry. He also had a heart for Christian Education and supported his church-sponsored school. He was always concerned about the health of the country. He earned an appreciation certificate of service for his years of volunteering in the management of voting election booths. Glen attended many town hall meetings to take the stand required of Christians and to let his voice be heard.
Glen (Papa) loved his family and was very active in the lives of his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Glen wanted to live to be 100. When his health began to fail after a fall, he was greatly concerned for Martha, his love, and wanted to do ‘his duty’ in caring for her. He was so happy when he was able to return home for his final hours. The family gathered around as he directed, prayed, and gave thanks. Early the next morning, the Lord called him peacefully to his ‘forever home’. All who knew and loved Glen look forward to joining him there after ‘doing the duty’ here the Lord has for us all.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Oliver of Moore; and one daughter, Deborah Jones of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, Matthew Jones and wife Jessica, Adam Jones, Angela Browning, and Christina and husband Brian Rackley; six great grandchildren, Cole, Gage, Tori, Aubrey, Adelin, and Eloise; and one great great grandchild, Rocky; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and May Oliver; sister, Viola Kiddler; brother, Thomas Oliver; sister, Wanda Cauthron; brother, Delma Oliver; and son, Mark Oliver.
A visitation will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022 from 5-7pm at Moore Funeral and Cremation. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at New Heights Baptist Church at 2pm. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
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