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Mark Gregory Oliver

December 28, 1964 — July 17, 2023


Mark Gregory Oliver, age 58, of Odessa Tx, passed away from this life on Monday, July 17, 2023, at home after a long illness. He was born in his grandmother’s home in Greenwood, Mississippi on December 28, 1964, to the late Zolia Cornelius Oliver Sr. and Bernice Buchanan Oliver.


Mark hitchhiked all the way from Mississippi to Odessa, Tx as a teenager to pursue work in the oilfield. He started out working on a pulling unit and worked his way up to be a Production Foreman. He was proud to tell his story of how he worked his way up without a high school education. It was his hard work, dedication, and love for his family that got him to where he was in life! He was a strong, humble, honest, hardworking man. He was a handyman that could fix anything. He loved working on cars, motorcycles, and anything with a motor and passing that knowledge to his grandsons. If there was any way to describe Mark, it would be that HE DID IT HIS WAY!! 


He was a real man, they don't make 'em like him anymore! He was our Hero!


Mark met his wife Kathleen (Kathy) Oliver walking down Stoner Road in October of 1982 and instantly fell in love with his Woman! They were later married on October 18, 1984, and had 5 daughters together. 


Mark loved anything that led him on an adventure. He was a daredevil and loved to live life on the edge. He loved to travel, gamble, and ride his Harley and four-wheelers. He loved spending time with his wife, his daughters, and his grandchildren. He also enjoyed driving around in the rain, planting and watering his trees and yard, and spending time in the morning and evenings sitting on his front porch that his son-in-law built him. He loved the simple things in life! 


Mark is preceded in eternal life by his father, Zolia Oliver Sr.; his mother, Bernice Oliver; grandson, Bryce Padilla; mother-in-law, Neda Robinson (Mom); brother, (Joe) Zolia Oliver Jr.; and sister, Bonnie Spears.


Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathleen Oliver; daughters, Nickie Castillo and husband Cisco Castillo, Brandy Giles and husband Darwin Giles, Amber Oliver and husband Mari Tarango, Kandy Oliver and husband Brian Olson, Kristy Aguirre and husband Johnny Aguirre; grandchildren, Hailey Perkins, Alexis Castillo, Evan Oliver, Mckayla Castillo, Caden Oliver, Makenna Castillo, Kayleen Oliver, Chloe Castillo, Amberlynn Castillo, Francisco Castillo Jr. Alize Padilla, Gaige Perkins, Makenzie Perkins, Aaron Lopez, Ayden Lopez, Madison Tarango, Elaina Olson, Aybree Oliver, Autumn Aguirre, Jr. Aguirre lll, Hayven Aguirre, Journey Aguirre, Novie Aguirre; and great grandchildren, Kendric, Elijah, Levi, and 2 more on the way that he was so excited to meet. 


Father-in-law, Johnny Hembree and partner Tresia; little brother, Benny Robinson and wife Leslie; uncle, Aubrey Pate; nieces, Kay Allen and Bonnie Page; and nephews, Dakota Robinson, Jimmy Gladwell, Nathan Covington, and Tristan Covington. 


His beloved dog and best friend Prissy Marie Oliver. 


Visitation will be from 2 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2023, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, July 24th, 2023, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating. A burial will follow immediately at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  


Pallbearers will be Benny Robinson, Cisco Castillo, Nickie Castillo, Caden Oliver, Johnny Aguirre, Mari Tarango, Brian Olson, Darwin Giles


Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Hembree, Evan Oliver, Gaige Perkins, Aaron Lopez, Ayden Lopez

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Sunday, July 23, 2023

2:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home

6801 E. Business 20, Odessa, TX 79762

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Monday, July 24, 2023

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6801 E. Business 20, Odessa, TX 79762


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