Luciano Olivar, Jr.
January 7, 1952 – April 28, 2021
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Luciano “Luce” Olivar announces his passing on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Fresno, California at the age of 69.
Born January 7, 1952 on the day of his father’s 33’rd birthday the Olivar Family of Luciano and Maria de Jesus Olivar and their 3 daughters of Fresno, California were blessed with a son and brother. Although his parents preceded him in death, each and every day their strong work ethics, compassion, fighting spirit and love of family inspired their son daily.
Luciano was an amazing and loving husband for 48 years to his wife Teri, the love of his life and best friend. He was a proud father of 2 daughters, 3 granddaughters, 1 great-granddaughter and son-in-law that he loved with all of his heart. Luciano’s sister, Chilo was more than a big sister to him. She comforted him throughout his childhood and teenage years when times were tough for their family, and always in his corner throughout his life, of which he was so grateful and thankful for.
Luciano was a member of the McLane High School Class of 1970. He attended Fresno City College where he completed his Sheet Metal Apprenticeship courses. He later went on to become a member of the Central Labor Council, a Charter Member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association President’s Club, and a member of Fresno’s Sheet Metal Workers Retiree Club.
On April 1, 1973, Luciano joined the Sheet Metal Workers International Union. That decision would forever change his life and the life of his family. He became an active and involved member almost immediately thanks to the kindness and caring of Ray Shilling, Jim Pipes, and Veda Hall. The first union shop Luciano worked for was Carter & Sons. Soon after that, Tony Bongiorno opened Environmental Aire where Luciano and Teri were always treated like family. Years later, Luciano worked for New England Sheet Metal.
After working many years with the tools of the trade he ran for and was elected as the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Business Representative, Health Care and Pension Trustee for the Counties of Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings. It was so much more than a job to Luciano. He took his oath to the position seriously. He pledged to always serve and support the area members’ best interests foremost, and to proudly represent his Union with pride and the basic ideals that labor unions were founded upon. Organizing was his passion. Luciano and Frank Flores lived by the motto “Turn’em or Burn’em” and they did. Luce kept “his guys” informed, active, and involved through monthly meetings, barbeques, picket lines, fishing tournaments, golf tournaments, a softball team, and an open-door policy. Unfortunately, Luciano’s parents and youngest sister Graciela (Gracie) Olivar were not here physically to see his accomplishments that he achieved throughout his life, but we believe they sent blessings and watched over him every day.
Luciano is survived by his loving and devoted wife Teri Olivar, his 2 daughters Michele Olivar and Tracy Olivar-Tafoya and her husband Marcus Tafoya. He is also survived by his granddaughters Francessca Olivar, Anastasia Tafoya, Avianna Tafoya, and great-granddaughter Lillianna Olivar-Amador, his sister Maria “Chilo” Olivar- Lawson and her husband Jack Lawson and sister Ruth “Cuca” Olivar-Millan and her husband Richard Millan of San Felipe/San Jose along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Love You Always For Always
Viewing will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021 from 12 p.m. – 4p.m. at Boice Funeral Home located at 308 Pollasky Ave. Clovis, California. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 929 Harvard Ave. Clovis, California. Interment - Clovis Cemetery at 305 Villa Ave. (Villa/Herndon)
- Teri Olivar, Wife
- Michele Olivar, Daughter
- Tracy Tafoya (Marcus), Daughter
- Maria Chilo Lawson (Jack), Sister
- Ruth Millan (Richard), Sister
- Francessca Olivar, Granddaughter
- Anastasia Tafoya, Granddaughter
- Avianna Tafoya, Granddaughter
- Lillianna Olivar-Amador, Great Granddaughter
- Luciano Joseph Olivar, Sr., Father (deceased)
- Maria de Jesus Ramirez, Mother (deceased)
- Graciela Olivar, Sister (deceased)
- Frank Flores
- Benny Camarena
- Isaac Camarena
- Larry Nunes
- Steven Amador
- Vinicio Rubalcava
Mass of Christian Burial
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Clovis Cemetery District
Luciano Olivar, Jr.
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May 3, 2021
I will never forget luce , I worked on so many jobs with him , he showed me what sheetmetal was all about . I was a apprentice and he treated me very well , He was a friend and helped me out alot , One time my truck was hit and run and damaged the leaf spring so that it went down the road crooked , barely made it to work it was hard to drive.Well he said get the new spring and come over on saturday, we fixed it right in his driveway , He did other nice things for me too, Im saddened by your passing luce , you were a good union brother, condolences to your family at this difficult sad time , rest in peace.
May 3, 2021
You are truly an amazing man. Ever since I was a little girl, you have stood beside me through this life’s journey. You dedicated your life to family, friends, and your fellow sheet metal workers. You are and always will be what a husband, dad, and grandpa should be. I miss you so much and have always thought the world of you. You are respected and loved by so many. I love you, dad!
May 3, 2021
I worked with Luce when he first started @ New England.We did various jobs together over the years .In 1985 he would let me parkt car at his house while working on the Surgery Center. I was taken back to hear of his passing my heart goes out to His wife Terri and his two daughter's. RIP my brother .
May 2, 2021
To a fellow brother and work mate luciano knowing you over the years was a sure pleasure, Blessing to your family and there's with love and healing in this time of hardships and confusion.