Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Bernard Clyde Olive, Jr., 68, of Baytown, passed away, Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.
Bernard was born June 27, 1949 in Baytown, to parents; Bernard “Buddy” Clyde, Sr. and Aline Slagle Olive, and has been a lifelong resident of Baytown. His education included graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology at San Jacinto College and later attending the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University, receiving a certificate of completion in Leadership Development for Integrated Emergency Response. He was a veteran of the United States Army as a medic with the 565th Medical Ambulance Co., former Emergency Management Coordinator, and past president of the Battleship Texas Volunteers. He also held membership with St. John’s United Methodist Church and the Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge. Chief Olive was the most tenured member of the fire department having been with the city just shy of 49 years; three years with public works and 45-plus years with the Baytown Fire Department, guest instructor at Texas A&M Municipal Fire School for the past 34 years, Master Firefighter, Master Fire Inspector, Master Fire Investigator, and Master Peace Officer.
Chief Olive was preceded in death by his parents and aunts and uncles: Wilmuth and Jim Foster, Charlie and Georgia Slagle, and Dorothy and Bill Curry, and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his wife of 43 years: Kathy Vaughan Olive, daughter: Martha Olive O’Daniel and husband Timothy, granddaughter: Kathryn Colleen O’Daniel, brothers-in-law: Rick Vaughan and wife Margie and Dennis Vaughan, cousin: Angie Slagle Sigers and husband Hugh, nieces and nephews: Amber Vaughan, Stephen Vaughan, Jennifer Vaughan, Daniel Vaughan, and Emily Vaughan, numerous other relatives, and friends.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Second Baptist Church located at 6227 N Main St, Baytown, TX 77521, with entombment at Cedarcrest Cemetery in Baytown, under the direction of Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services.
For those who desire donations may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 501 S. Alexander Dr., Baytown, Texas 77520, in Bernard’s name.