Felipe "Phil" Estrada Olvera, Jr.

date of birth January 13 1958

date of death January 19 2013

Felipe "Phil" E. Olvera Jr. died Saturday, January 19th, 2013, at his home in Sherwood, Oregon, of complications from stage four rectal cancer.


Felipe was born on January 13th, 1958 in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He was the first of nine children born to Felipe and Ernestina Estrada Olvera.

 He grew up in Prosser, Washington; there, he graduated top ten in his class from Prosser High School (mighty, mighty, Mustangs!) in 1976 and went on to the University of Washington for two years. It was there that he was introduced to the field of electronics. He decided to attend Columbia Basin College and received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Electronic Technology in 1985. He continued his education at Portland State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering in 2002, and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2006.


Felipe started his broadcast engineering career at KVEW TV in Kennewick, Washington, becoming Assistant Chief Engineer before moving on to (then) Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande, Oregon, to take over as an ED-NET Teleproductions Engineer in 1992. He continued his career at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, Oregon, in 1995. He began as a Maintenance Engineer and worked his way up to interim Vice President of Engineering.

 In July 1990, he was introduced to Lisa Bartlett by his future sister and brother-in-law. They were married August 10th, 1991 in Pasco, Washington.

In 1995, they welcomed their daughter, Marissa, while living in La Grande, Oregon.

 Felipe described himself as a geeky, over-caffeinated engineer. He could be found reading science fiction and mathematics books or learning something new related to science or math. He was a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, IEEE, SMPTE and the American Radio Relay League.

 Felipe's survivors include his wife, Lisa Olvera and daughter, Marissa Olvera of Sherwood, Oregon; parents Felipe and Ernestina Olvera of Prosser, Washington; brothers Zeke of Covington, Washington, Joel, Isaac (Tiffany) and David of Prosser, Washington; sisters Carmen of Covington, Washington, Sara of Prosser, Washington, Rebeca (Don Dunklin) of Stafford, Virginia, and Betty Wagner of Bellevue, Nebraska; and four nieces and three nephews.

 A special thanks to doctors Christopher Yasenchak and Jason Bauer; the nurses and staff of Compass Oncology and Legacy Meridian Park Hospital-Short Stay; the nurses from Legacy Hospice of McMinnville, Simona, Ramona and Jill; and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

 To honor his wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a cancer research organization or a program that helps engineering students.

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Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

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Candle lit by Mark Lee Although he was my brother-in-Law, I will always think of him as my brother and a friend. Rest in peace my friend.

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Candle lit by Kathy Schwartz So thankful to have known you in life. It was truly one of God's many blessings.

Candle lit by Sara Olvera I will miss you, my big brother. Love You.

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Candle lit by Denise Mellene Our hearts go out to the Olvera family during this difficult time; we are sorry for your loss. Love Denise & Family The Pathway That Has No End We follow a pathway that has no end as we travel though life day by day, Together with those who are dear to our heart and are there by our side, come what may. But sometimes a loved one must travel ahead for reasons that aren't always clear. And we're left behind to continue along, missing one who is no longer here. And while it may seem that the pathway has stopped, it merely has rounded a bend. And our loved one goes on to a much brighter place down the pathway that has no end. We will meet again, our beloved… just around the bend.

Candle lit by Will Wuorinen Your strength is an inspiration to all who knew you. You will always have a special place in my heart my friend.

Candle lit by Mike Gatlin My condolences to your family. I always enjoyed when we worked together and visiting after that. He will be missed.

Candle lit by Colleen Casey Felipe was a true "wizard" at OPB. He always had an answer, a smile, and far more patience than we probably all deserved. We used to discuss the finer points of Lord of the Rings in the hallways and we'd chat about our families in Steve H.'s edit room when he'd stop by. He will be greatly missed by all of us!

Candle lit by Kristen Bennett You will be missed uncle Phill

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Candle lit by Odom Williams Vaya con Dios, mi Amigo. RIP

Candle lit by Holly Forrette Even though Phil and I worked at complete opposite ends of the building at OPB (distance and job wise), I felt immediately comfortable about him. His sincerity, kindness and gentleness are immediately apparent to anyone who comes with sight of his smile. He is missed. My condolences to his family.

Candle lit by Ezequiel (Zeke) Olvera Will miss you Brother, But know you are in a better Place. You lived your Life the way you were suppose too and when the way you wanted, at Home with your Family. Will miss you but will alway be with me. Love you Big Brother.

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Candle lit by KC Cowan I was honored to know and work with you. I will always remember how you took a childhood toy of my father's and fixed it so I could "re-gift" it to him in his 70's. Thinking of you brings a smile to my face!

Candle lit by Terry Bangs Felipe, Thank you for being a great friend.

Candle lit by Kevin and yevonne bartlett You will be missed

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Candle lit by D. E. Olvera Rest in peace.

Candle lit by Carmen Olvera We will think of you each time it rains. Love you

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Candle lit by Tom Haydon Phil was always ready with an answer and a smile. We will all miss him.

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Candle lit by Steve Bass Felipe was a great asset to OPB and a friend to all. I valued his knowledge and commitment especially in the last few months as he took on even greater responsibility. He was a great co-worker and leader. Condolences to Lisa, Marissa, and the entire family.

Candle lit by Lynne Clendenin Christensen Phil had a quiet warmth coupled with a strength that served his colleagues and OPB well. He will be missed, but his welcoming smile will stay with us forever.

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Candle lit by Sarah Jane Rothenfluch Your family will be in my thoughts during this difficult time. Phil was a pleasure to work with.

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Candle lit by Kristian Foden-Vencil. Thank you.

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Candle lit by Karen G. Read When Phil and I crossed paths a few times a week at OPB, he always had a smile, or -- my favorite -- a tip to help me improve my horrible Spanish. He was a true professional who also understood how to be a true human being.

Candle lit by Joe Kremers Dear Lisa and Marissa: Prayers are being said for your strength. Phil was the best of neighbors, always ready to help us technologically deficient folks. I had great respect for him as a friend, father and husband.

Candle lit by Pat Kruis Tellinghusen It has been an honor to know Phil. He made me a better person.

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Candle lit by Debi Stolzoff Felipe was my buddy and my sunshine on those rainy days he so loved and I loathe. I will miss him every day. To Lisa and Marissa, his love for you kept him fighting as long as he was able. You were his heart. My thoughts are with all of his family during this difficult time.

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Candle lit by Dan Kallem My condolences on your loss...

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Candle lit by Steve Amen "Hail, Caesar." That became my standard greeting when I saw Phil in the hall. It was partly to embarrass him because he was so unassuming, but also to show my complete and total respect for the man. If you were to just look at his amazing work ethic and attitude that would be reason enough. But when he began his latest battle, I was constantly amazed by his quiet strength and courage. You will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

Candle lit by John Scoon I had the pleasure of working with and for Phil for 13 years at OPB. I always appreciated his good humor and technical competence. I'll remember fondly our many sushi lunches and good conversation. My wife and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family. Felipe will be greatly missed.

Candle lit by Ken Lewetag It was always great to talk to Phil a GREAT GUY

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Candle lit by David Boyd In the recent time that Felipe and I worked together I was impressed with what an outstanding person he is. I will miss working with Felipe, he was courageous and honest and someone that gave more than he received

Candle lit by Bill Floyd One of the most courageous people I have ever met. Starbucks won't be the same without you.

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Candle lit by Shawn Sennett I remember the first time I met Phil 5 years ago, it was in his office at OPB. I accidentally knocked over a picture frame and broke it, I felt so bad and he was so kind and said that it was just a frame, not to worry. I will always remember his warm smile and friendly demeanor. My prayers go out to the entire family.

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Candle lit by Don McKay RIP My Friend

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Candle lit by Larry Sayer You will be missed!

Candle lit by Dana Mahoney Phil's warmth and kindness was ever-present. He was wonderful to work with. My thoughts are with Phil's family.

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Candle lit by Bill Bean ...a colleague, a good man, and a friend. Phil is missed.

Candle lit by Rebeca Olvera I have always loved rainy days, but will appreciate them even more now...rest in peace Big Brother!

Candle lit by Meg Allen Phil was one of the really good guys. He will be missed.

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Candle lit by Victoria Morgan I feel honored to have known Phil. There will be a great hole to fill at OPB.

Candle lit by Flor De La Fuente(friend of Rebeca Olvera) My condolences to your family. Prayers going your way.

Candle lit by Delana MacLean Sending prayers

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Candle lit by Beth Hyams Phil helped me out of more than one after-hours jam in radio, always efficiently and with a big, warm smile. He was a rare man. All the best to family and friends during this time of loss.

Candle lit by Dessie Williams Something sweet and something good has gone missing from this world. Beautiful soul! Amazing man! That smile! Like he knew something that the rest of us didn't know...I think he did. I will always treasure knowing Felipe.

Candle lit by Phil, thank you for smiling every day, no matter what you were going through. Thanks for being so completely professional. Thanks for your warm and generous nature. We miss you, and are so sorry for your family's loss.

Candle lit by Phil and Ros Kane May his memory be for a blessing.

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Candle lit by Sarah Sue Brubaker Rebeca I am so very....very sorry to hear of your family's loss. My deepest sympathy to all of you. He is healed and resting with his heavenly Father. May you all find God's comfort an peace once again.

Candle lit by Morgan Holm Phil was one of those folks that moved OPB forward every day. He was unfailingly reliable, both smart and wise (in the best possible ways), and just a great person in every way. His smile and his work will continue to be a part of what we do here every day. Lisa, Marissa and family-please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

Candle lit by Jim Newman Phil let you understand that he cared about you. I'll remember his smiles in the hallway at OPB.

Candle lit by Operational Projects Unit condolences from friends and colleagues of your sister Rebeca, may you rest in peace.

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Candle lit by Dick and Linda Dressel We only met Phil once, but he was so friendly and engaging. Prayers continue for Lisa, Marissa and family.

Candle lit by Operational Projects Unit on behalf of friends and colleagues of your sister Rebeca, may you rest in peace.

Candle lit by Jeff Mangels I'll miss Felipe...I never called him Phil, I thought Felipe fit him well. I'll miss our meetings at NAB, our chance to catch up on what's new in engineering. Felipe always had a smile on his face. What a great guy and always a pleasure to see. We'll miss you my friend. GOD bless you and your family.

Candle lit by Amy and David Cookson, daughter and son-in-law of Joe Kremers So sorry Lisa for the loss of your beloved husband, Phil. So sorry Marissa for the loss of your beloved father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Candle lit by Jen Lee Love ya uncle Felipe! We will see you again one day! Therefore this isn't good bye, it's see you later!

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Candle lit by Stephen olvera My uncle Phil was the perfect example of somebody from the northwest a geeky and caffeine addicted guy who loved the rain. Honestly I know that niether myself or him would have it any other way. I will miss you very much Uncle Phil and you were always there for me when I just wanted to discuss Star Wars and even when I had real life issues. Your support meant more than you know. I just hope they have a science fiction section in heaven. Love you.

Candle lit by Bernadene Dunbar My prayers are with you and your family.

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