by: SUBMITTED - Wayne OliverWayne Oliver, longtime supporter of youth sports in Canby and throughout Clackamas County, died of a heart attack on Feb. 6.

A lifetime resident of Canby, Oliver was 70 years of age.

Oliver coached his first Junior Baseball team in 1965 and had been an active supporter of youth athletics since that first team.

He opened business as Wayne Oliver Insurance Company in Canby in 1972 and continued active in the company, with his son Ryan, until his death.

Oliver coached, sponsored and insured many, many Clackamas County sports teams over the years.

The founder of Canby Kids, Oliver also served in leadership roles with: Canby Chamber of Commerce, Canby Junior Baseball, Junior Baseball of Oregon and Oregon Junior Baseball, Canby Utility Board, Clackamas Community College, Canby Booster Club, Canby City Council, Clackamas County Employment training board, Cougar Pride Baseball and Canby Lions Club.

He was inducted into the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. The Old-Timers Baseball Association honored Oliver with its merit award for over 40 years of service.

A celebration of life was held for Wayne Oliver on Feb. 17, and a private interment was scheduled for Zion Cemetery in Canby.

The family requests that any donations in Wayne’s memory be made to Canby Junior Baseball (P.O. Box 806, Canby, OR 97013) or to Canby Lions Club (P.O. Box 711, Canby, OR 97013).

“The family will try to keep up Wayne’s legacy for doing good in the community and for area youth,” Ryan Oliver said.

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