9/12/1940 - 9/8/2020
Anthony “Tony” Olivares passed peacefully at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, California on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at the age of 79, just a few days shy of his 80th birthday.
Tony was born on Sept. 12, 1940 in Santa Barbara to Ventura and Angela Olivares. He was raised in Carpinteria along with his six siblings, including his three sisters: Mary, Rosie and Chon. His three brothers, Silvario, Thomas and John preceded him in death.
Tony was a life-long resident of Carpinteria and graduate of Carpinteria High School in 1958. It was during this time that Tony’s passion for sports was born and nurtured. He was an all-star athlete in four sports having lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He later went on to play baseball for the Santa Barbara Merchants as well as many successful seasons of city league softball and basketball.
After graduation, he started a position at the Carpinteria Water District. He then honed his skills in various trades before establishing a career as a drywall finisher for over 40 years.
It was early in his drywall career that he met the woman of his dreams, Dyanne, who would soon become his wife of 49 joyful years.
Those happy years were spent beginning a family, raising four children, and doing the activities together they loved the most, such as sports and camping. Tony was always the life of the party and could often be found telling stories or imparting wisdom around the campfire at Bass Lake or Lake San Antonio.
Many also remember the impact Tony had on their lives as a result of being coached by him in basketball, softball and baseball. He mentored children ranging from Little League through high school for 40+ years. He was beloved as a coach by parents and athletes alike for his passion, life lessons, fundamental teachings and dedication.
Tony is survived by his wife Dyanne; children Elizabeth, Tia, Tonya and Tony; grandchildren Tressa, Raeanna, Ciarra, Kinsey and Hailee; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club, 4849 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; Carpinteria High School Boosters Club, P.O. Box 444, Carpinteria, CA 93014; or Hospice of Santa Barbara.
No services will be held at this time. The family thanks you for your support and prayers. A celebration of life is planned for next year.