Dedicated to the memory of Mike Oliver



Mike Oliver left this world April 14, 2010 with his family by his side.

He was born April 21, 1954, in Jacksonville to Charles and Betty Oliver.
Growing up, Mike spent countless hours at the go kart track with his father, brothers, and friends.  He loved motorcycles, cars, and working with engines.  It was during this time that the nickname of “Michael Darlin” began and continued to follow Mike his entire life.
He graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1972.  He started his career at the old jail in 1976.  Following a childhood dream, he entered into the JSO Police Academy and graduated in 1977.  He thoroughly enjoyed all of his years of service until he retired 1997.  He was a long time board member of the Fraternal Order of Police and helped to secure the benefits that officers enjoy today.
Mike was a 32 Degree Master Mason and a member of Ezra Lodge #67.  He was also a member of Morocco Shriners and the Spitfires. 
Mike loved Elvis music and oldies.  He had a niche for hosting great parties.  His love of music is shared and will continue to be enjoyed by all who were close to him.
He was well known for his love of politics.  He knew how to play the game and loved to do so.  Many sought his opinions during voting seasons and he accepted that privilege with pride.
On August 26, 2003, he was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer known as POEMS Syndrome.  His story is documented at  His fight and endurance was an inspiration to us and all who knew him.
Mike was preceded in death by his father and best friend, Charles “Gopher” Oliver in 1984, stepfather Richard Houck in 2007, mother and care giver, Betty Houck in 2009, and longtime faithful companion, Gidge in 2009.
His memory will be cherished by wife Karen, daughters Michelle (Alex) and Krystle, sons Warren (Karissa) and Brian, grandsons Mikey, Troy and Zander, granddaughters Shyann, Daisee and Addisyn, brothers Bruce and Kevin, sister Gayle, faithful companion Darlin, many extended family members and close friends.
The family will receive friends for a visitation from 5 to 8pm on Monday, April 19 at North Jacksonville Baptist Church, 8531 N. Main St.  Funeral services will be at 11am, Tuesday, April 20 at North Jacksonville Baptist Church. Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Hewell & Sons Funeral Home, 4747 N Main St, 355-9545. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Jax FOP Foundation or NE FL Community Hospice. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same. However, as God calls us up one by one the chain will link again.



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