Jarred Lee Oliver, 39, passed away on Nov. 11, 2020, at his friend Laura’s house, in Greybull, Wyoming, of heart failure. Jarred was born in Denver, Colorado, on Oct. 4, 1981, to Steve and Kelly Oliver.
Jarred graduated in Powell, in 2000. His first working experience was at IGA and Blair’s markets in Powell, where he brightened many peoples’ day simply carrying out their groceries. His next employment was for the Parks Department at the City of Powell, a job he still retained during the summer months. His main employment was as a para professional in special education at Park County School District No. 1 in Powell, where he was still employed at the time of his death.
While employed at the school district, he was a sign language interpreter for special needs classrooms, and assisted with Special Olympics and the Eagle Mount ski program. He was also an independent contractor for the Wyoming Department of Developmental Disabilities for both children and adults.
Despite being physically challenged himself, he devoted his life to tutoring and helping those less fortunate than himself. He had a special bond with Emma Sessions, who he tutored from her entrance into kindergarten, until the time of his passing.
Jarred loved taking pictures and spent a lot of his time outdoors taking some incredible pictures that he unselfishly shared with others. Jarred’s love for the Lord was immeasurable, and he glorified him with his pictures.
Jarred is survived by his mother and stepfather, Kelly and Jim Johnson, of Pahrump, Nevada; his brother, Nick Oliver and his four children, Dallas, Tyler, Tucker and Maykayla, of Powell; and his sisters, Amber (Dan) Flor of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Wendy Johnson of Missoula, Montana; and his grandmothers Shirley Thomas and Kathy Hooper of Powell.
He is also survived by his aunts, Sherry (Marshal) Robin of Quartzsite, Arizona, Teresa Alexander and Tim Courtade of Powell, Sandy (Marv) Wake of Worland, Wyoming, Jean (Bud) Trimbo of Tennessee; as well as uncles, Darren (Julie) Thomas of Powell, and Jerry (Sharon) Johnson of Thermopolis, Wyoming; several beloved cousins, Toby (Laura) Robin, Tonya (Casey) Boardman, Ryan (JoLynn) Copenhaver, Alisa (Brent) Bissell, Brooke (Anthony) Guadanga, Chelsea Wake, Trenton (Bess) Johnson, Brandon Johnson and Tammi Johnson. Alisa and Jarred had a special bond, as they were partners in crime as kids.
Jarred was preceded in death by his father Steve Oliver, and brother Wesley Johnson, grandfathers Dan Oliver, Ed Hooper and Cliff Thomas, as well as his grandmother, Lucille Oliver.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the family will hold a private memorial on Nov. 18, 2020, at New Life Church, in Powell. Masks are mandated. The services will be livestreamed on the Thompson Funeral Home Facebook page.
A celebration of Jarred’s life is being planned for next summer, COVID permitting, where all his friends and loved ones can pay their final respect and farewell to a loved and cherished friend and relative.
Our loss is heaven’s gain, and rest assured that Jarred was met by the Lord who said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for our Jarred from this community. Thank you all for loving him as much as we (his family) did. We would like to offer the community an opportunity to show their outpouring of love ⁄ with an honorary parade to celebrate Jarred’s acceptance by the lord.
We will gather at the New Life Church parking lot, at185 South Tower Blvd., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m., and leave at 6 p.m., traveling to the final destination at the Powell High School to release messages of your love for Jarred.
**BYO balloons with your farewell message written on them please.
Memorial pamphlets will be distributed at the entrance to the church parking lot at the gathering, or they may be picked up at Thompson Funeral Home at your convenience.
A Jarred Lee Oliver scholarship will be established in honor of Jarred. Further scholarship information will be released to the community at a later date.