Leslie Olafson

Dec. 19, 1947-Sept. 1, 2020

Leslie Olafson, 72, Har-

vey, ND died Tuesday,

September 1, 2020 at the

St. Aloisius Nursing

Home, Harvey, ND. Fun-

eral services and inter-

ment in the Litchville

Lutheran Cemetery will

be held at a later date.

Leslie Olafson was born

on December 19, 1947 at

Valley City, ND. He was

the son of George William

Olafson and Alma J.

(Jacobson) Olafson. He

graduated from Litchfield

High School in 1965. He

went on to attend Valley

City State College and gra-

duated from there in 1969

with a degree in teaching.

He taught in Clara City,

MN. He returned to North

Dakota in 1971, taking

teaching positions first in

Sykeston then in New

Rockford. Leslie was in a

car accident in 2005

resulting in injuries caus-

ing him to become dis-

abled. He had a stroke in

2014 and he moved to the

St. Aloisius Long Term

Care, Harvey, ND in 2015.

Leslie spent several

years in the San Diego,

CA area where he pur-

sued his passion for golf-

ing. He was an amateur

and semi-pro golfer. He

hosted a radio talk show,

“Tee Time With Les” for

several years. He custom

made golf clubs. He

played golf with the pros

and counted several as his

personal friends. His golf-

ing achievements includ-

ed being the Carrington

City Golf Champion for at

least six years and the

New Rockford City Cham-

pion for at least seven

years. Leslie had a brother

in the MN Golf Hall of

Fame and another brother

in the ND Golf Hall of

Fame, and Leslie said, “I

could beat both of them!”

Leslie’s other talents in-

cluding shooting pool and

singing at weddings and

funerals as a young man

and as he got older.

Leslie is survived by:

his two daughters,

Meredith Olafson of

Washington, DC, and

Kristen Draves of

Fallbrook, CA; three

grandsons; two brothers,

Dennis of Cooperstown

and Terry of Detroit

Lakes, MN.

Arrangements with

Hertz Funeral Home, Har-

vey, ND. Share and on-

line at www.hertzfuneral