Oliver S. Ison, 77, was born February 6, 1923 in Auburn, Oregon and died June 21, 2000 in Baker City, Oregon. The son of Grover Cleveland and Lyla Eads Ison, he grew up in Eastern Oregon until age 18, when he and his twin Oscar moved to Salt Lake City. Oliver was a World War II veteran. While working at the old A&W drive-in on 9th South State, he met Beverly Tobler, marrying in 1943. They were later divorced.
Oliver worked for 42 years at Kennecott Copper, on the track gang, as a brakeman, an engineer, and finally as shovel foreman prior to his retirement. "Ollie" loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was known as "One Shot Ollie." He also enjoyed LDS Church sports where he was active as a player, coach, scorekeeper and athletic director. No one could argue with an umpire like Dad.
Oliver was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Irad and Lew, and sister Bernice. He is survived by his twin Oscar (Baker City, OR); children Ronald (Tremonton), Dennis (Salt Lake City), Kevin (Manti), Mary (Salt Lake City), and Arlene (Cedar City); 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
At his request, Oliver was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Blue Mountains of Oregon near the place of his birth. A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, July 15, from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the Colonial Hills 2nd Ward, 1455 South 1700 East, SLC, UT. Friends may call 487-9244 for more information.