Erwin Oliver was born April 12, 1937 in Salt Lake City, UT to Charles Harrison Oliver and Flossie Gold Gedge Oliver. He was raised on a farm in Mona, UT.
In 1955, Erwin graduated from Juab High School.
Shortly after graduating, he moved to Blanding, UT to be a cowboy hand for the TY Ranch.
He married Georgia Mcvey in October of 1956.
Erwin spent the beginning of his life being a cowboy hand on the TY Ranch from 1957 to 1974.
The Wild West stories were real and legendary for Erwin. The TY covered country like the Grand Gulch, Wooden Shoe, Twin Springs, The Bridges and Sweet Alice. The TY was much larger back then, of what it is today.
Erwin and his Cowboys (family) ran around eighteen hundred cows for the TY Ranch. People today use the term “Cowboy Up!”
Well, Erwin lived it with his heart, body, mind and soul from wild cows, to God’s open, untamable country.
He had to be tough to the core, from chasing cows in Dark Canyon, to roping bulls at charge, ferrying cattle out of Lake Powell and riding the broncs that no other cowboy would ride.
Horses were is life and the mountain range was his home. He lived a rough, hard life, but it was the one he loved and chose.
Erwin later separated from Georgia, and moved to Mancos, CO, where he spent the rest of his years working at the sale barn in Cortez, CO doing what he loved, rounding up cows.
Anyone who knew Erwin knew he was always willing to give advice or a helping hand when it came to rodeo, horses or the cowboy life.
His greatest joy was his grandkids. He loved them more than anything and bragged on them to everyone of their achievements. He was always looking and raising the best of horses for them to ride.
Erwin rode his horses up until the summer of 2014. Erwin experienced some diabetes complications, which a year later got the best of this old cowboy.
Erwin Oliver, 78, died Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at his daughter, Wendy’s, home in Monticello, UT. We loved him very much, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his children Rocky Oliver, of Glen Allen, AK, Tamy Jaramillo of Blanding, Wendy (Jeff) Brandt of Monticello, Harrison (Erin) Oliver of Blanding, and Desi (Todd) Calvert of Monticello; brothers and sisters Dean Oliver, Gedge Oliver, Sarah Jane, Carolyn Jones, Kathleen Rushton; grandchildren Skie Langston, Erwin Brandt, Floyd Jaramillo, Cooper Oliver and Colton Oliver; great-grandchildren Riddick Langston, Wyatt Jaramillo and Harley Jaramillo.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Harrison Oliver and Flossie Gold Gedge Oliver; step-mother Verda Oliver; sister Flossie Joyce Oliver; granddaughter Tasha Lynn Brandt; and son-in-law Mike John Vincent Jaramillo.
Card of thanks
The family would like to express their gratitude to all of the help and love during our time of loss and his illness that all the neighbors, friends, & Family gave to Dad during his passing to his next journey. We love you all.
the Oliver family