Mario Olivarez


Mario T. (Coach) Olivarez, 69, passed away at his home on Dec. 26, 2020, after a long-fought battle with cancer. Mario was born in Premont, Texas to Marcelino Sr. and Lillie Tarango Olivarez. At age five he moved to Arizona and attended Globe schools, graduating in 1971. He played football, basketball and baseball, and did well in all sports he played. After high school he went to work in the mines. At age 26 he joined the Army. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and later in Germany at USAG Darmstadt Army base in Cooperstrasse. When he returned from the Army it was back to work in the mines of San Manuel, Pinto Valley, Round Mountain-Nevada and Asarco, where he served as a union steward and treasurer.

In 1988 he attended the Basic Reserve Peace Officers Academy, which led to 25 years of law enforcement. He joined the Gila County Sheriff’s Reserve, worked for a security company in Phoenix and the Miami Police Department. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He traveled throughout Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Alaska where he hunted deer, elk, bear, lion, javelina and turkey. In the summertime he was sure to be at the lake on his boat or at the river fishing for catfish.

He enjoyed traveling even if it wasn’t to hunt and fish. He visited New York, Florida, Alaska, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Germany, Canada, Paris and Mexico. In July of 2020 he crossed off a bucket list dream trip to Montana and Yellowstone Park with his brother and son. This was his last trip, but it was one he had always wanted to make.

Mario was also a rockhound, preferably turquoise, and a woodhound - always cutting wood to sell or just to give to his family, teaching the grandkids the difference between juniper and oak. Somewhere in between all his accomplishments he found time to coach baseball for the Globe Tigers baseball team as the outfield coach.  He also coached Babe Ruth and Pinal Mountain Little League for his great-grandkids. He loved being around the field and that is where he earned his nickname Coach or sometimes Coach O. He was not just a coach and if you gave him your time, he was always ready to talk sports, ask how you had been and give you advice. You had to have time - it was not going to be a short talk.  When he thought he was done coaching, his grandkids and great-grandkids started playing sports and he was happy to be able to watch them and give them pointers to improve their game, calling them over to the fence to let them know what they needed to work on. He loved coaching.

He will be missed so much by family and friends who loved him dearly. Mario is survived by his wife of 31 years Barbara Vigil Olivarez; his four children Robert (Kathleen) Olivarez of Crawford, Texas, Marlene (Ruben) Medina of Gilbert, Arizona, Danne (Rindy) Quiroz Sr. and Doreen (Mike) Badilla of Globe, Arizona; 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; his brothers Marcelino Jr. (Nicki) and Gilbert (Alicia) Olivarez of Globe; his sister Delia (John) Gravina of Tucson, Arizona; and his brother-in-law Fred Estrella of Phoenix, Arizona and sister-in-law Annie Tarango of Globe.

He is preceded in death by his parents Marcelino Sr. and Lillie Tarango Olivarez; sisters Irene Estrella, Barbara Garcia and Linda Delgado; brother Richie Tarango; and grandchildren Chad Quiroz and Lilly Dallas.

Services were held on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at Bulman Miles Funeral Service Globe, and also on Friday, Jan. 8 at Holy Angels Parish Hall with Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial, followed by interment with military honors at Globe City Cemetery.

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