Dean Olafson, 86, of rural Edinburg, passed away Monday, June 15, 2020, at Lutheran Sunset Home, Grafton. Services were held Friday, June 19, 2020, at Vikur Lutheran Church, Mountain. Visitation was held Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier. Wearing of a mask was suggested and social distancing.
Franklin Lowell Dean Olafson was born March 26, 1934, on the Olafson family farm in Thingvalla Township to Valdimar “Valdi” Franklin and Lovisa Gudlaug “Louise” ( Jonasson) Olafson. He grew up in Thingvalla Township and graduated from Gardar High School. Dean served in the United States Army and after his discharge, returned home to farm and work in the family construction business, working until the age of 80.
In 1961, he married Janice
Mountain and they had three children: Brian, Alan and Melanie.
Dean was a member of the Milton, Cavalier and Grafton curling clubs and Mountain American Legion. He served on the board of directors at Borg Memorial Home for many years. Dean also enjoyed dancing.
He is survived by his children: Alan (Dana) Olafson, Edinburg, and Melanie Kelley, Farmington, Minnesota; three grandchildren: Chad, Brock and Bailey; brothers: Roger (Marilyn) Olafson and Curtis (Bjork) Olafson, all of rural Edinburg. Also survived by his nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Brian; sister, Donna Sapa; brother, Robert Olafson and three siblings who died when young: Donald Wayne, Karen Elizabeth, and Linda Darlyne.