The longtime area resident has made contributions to the sports youth ranks for more than 40 years.

Wayne Oliver was recently honored by the Old Timers Baseball Association of Portland for his contributions to the sport’s youth ranks over nearly 50 years.

The Canby resident was presented with a merit award at the nonprofit organization’s 80th-annual banquet Jan. 18 at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

“It’s always nice to be acknowledged by people you respect,” Oliver said. “The Old Timers have a lot of guys who have been in the game for a long time, so it meant a lot.”

It’s the latest in a line of awards given to Oliver for his community service. He won the Lions Sight & Hearing humanitarian service award in 1999, the Canby Chamber of Commerce community caring award in 2005 and the Canby Junior Baseball volunteer of the year award in 2006.

Oliver, a Canby High School alumnus, began coaching youth baseball in Canby alongside Harold Mickelsen after graduating from the University of Portland in 1965.

“I’ve been involved ever since,” Oliver said.

Oliver, who founded Oliver Insurance in 1972, remains active in the area baseball scene. He is a board member for Cougar Pride Baseball and the Oregon Junior State Baseball Association as well as a district commissioner for American Legion baseball.

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