Dwain's life began at the beginning of the Great Depression in Cromwell Oklahoma in December 1929.
He lived on the family farm with parents Shelton and Mollie and his older brothers Glen, Live, Dale and sister Violet. The family seemed complete until 7 years later when fortune smiled on the Lively's and an oil well was drilled and blew near the peach orchard.
Next came Romey, Kelland, Ronald and Dwight. Dwain's dad Shelton, was a horseman. He taught Dwain skills that led him to national success in the Welsh Pony breed and Arabian Horse Assn.
His mother Mollie, taught him to garden. Both shared with Dwain the work ethic and tenacity he would need to become successful in business.
As a boy Dwain loved to ride and fish and catch snakes. He castrated roosters and sold capons to buy his first bicycle. He trained horses as a boy and enjoyed that for his entire life. He married Marie in Oklahoma and then moved to California and then Oregon where he bought an operated Cobra Gardens, a reptile tourist attraction in Seaside Oregon. This is where he earned enough money to buy equipment to operate Lively Logging with his brother Dale. When they were old enough the Lively brothers took their sons to work with them in the woods where that work ethic was again passed down. Dwain's daughter Karen shared his passion for horses and they spent many hours riding and showing.
His brother, Live, taught him to carve and while in the logging woods, Dwain would see burls on trees and use his chainsaw to make bowls. These bowls are works of art and are cherished by all who own them.
Dwain and his family moved to Colorado, first to Craig and then Dolores. After his retirement Dwain married again this time to Mary Lynn. They had one daughter, Violet, and moved to the ranch where he lived out his days. Dwain's daughter Violet followed her father's love for art and wood and uses the skills in her furniture business.
Dwain worked in the logging industry in Oregon and Colorado with his brother Dale and his sons Gary and Byron and grandsons Jeff and Gene. After his retirement from logging he trained horses.
During his logging days, Dwain helped many young men through difficult times, during his horse training days Dwain helped many young women through difficult times. He loved helping people and always remembered the people that helped him when he was young.
Dwain was preceded in death by parents Shelton and Mollie Grace, brothers, Glen, Live, Dale, Romey, Ronald and one sister Violet. Also, his first wife Marie,and their sons Gary and Byron.
Dwain is survived by 2 brothers, Kelland and Dwight, daughter Karen, wife Mary Lynn and their daughter Violet and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
In the interest of everyone who would have to travel and those who might be reluctant to attend a memorial now, we are delaying a scheduled gathering until a later date.
Dwain will be missed by all that knew him. If you have a story about Dwain, please, write it down and send it so we can put together a book for the kids in the family that will not know him.