September 20, 1954 — February 11, 2022
Steven “Steve” D. Oliver, 67, passed away on February 11, 2022 at Christus Dubuis Hospital in Hot Springs, Ariz.
Steve was born on September 20, 1954 in Springfield, Ill., to Darrel M. Oliver and Nelda Klamm Oliver.
Steve graduated from Taylorville High School in 1972. He went on to receive his BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1976, MA in Clinical Psychology from Sangamon State University in 1978, and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1982.
Steve began his law career in 1982 with the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorneys Office. He later joined Callahan, Crow, Bachelor, Newell and Oliver in 1989 while working as a Deputy Public Defender. In 1993, Bachelor, Newell and Oliver began their own firm. In 2001, Steve was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Garland County and served until he resigned in 2014.
Steve was a Licensed Psychological Examiner, a Master Gardener, in the 1980 Law Review, Leadership Class of 1991, Chairperson of Hot Springs Oktoberfest, as well as a member of the Hot Springs Downtown Rotary, Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Arkansas Psychologists Association, Garland County and Arkansas Bar Association, Prosecutors Association, among countless other organizations.
If you knew Steve, he was a lot of things. He had many different stages in his life. Throughout it all, he was consistent. He was strong. He was blunt. He was funny. And he could literally be everything in between, and if you knew him, that explains it all. His love of movies was no secret as posters and memorabilia were prominently displayed on the walls of his office and home. He enjoyed a good cigar, hunting, fishing, having a big garden and cooking for family and friends. Chances are if you were around Steve long enough, you had a slice or five of his homemade pizza or maybe you went to one of his Fourth of July parties and had some fried catfish or a piece of hog while watching the fireworks. He loved that. Every bit but especially doing it with his sons Josh and Nick. He was a good father who taught his sons through his strength and passion for life. He left huge shoes to fill and there’s no telling how much they picked up, but they’re working on the pizza.
Steve was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Surviving Steve are the mother of his children, Marsha Oliver; Son Joshua and grandson Asher Oliver of Florida; Son Nicholas and unborn grandson Jackson David Oliver of Hot Springs; and step-grandchildren Megan and Brendan Douglass. Honorary Pallbearers: Paul Herrod, Doug Quick, Patheia Pryor, Darrel Blount, Dr. Kyle Roper, Burt Newell, Latta Bachelor, Nick Pritsch, Cody Smith, Mauria and Dr. Robert Aspell, Susan and Dr. Don Jackson, and Jamie Jackson. The family would also like to thank the caretakers at The Atrium, Lake Hamilton Health and Rehab Nursing Home, and the nurses at CHI St. Vincent and Christus Dubuis Hospital for their devoted attention and service.
Graveside Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, with Pastor Brennan Hurley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.
The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Steve or to offer condolences to his family.