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Lute Olson was born on a farm outside Mayville, North Dakota on September 22, 1934 and is of Norwegian-American parentage.
In 1939, Olson’s father, Albert died of a stroke at age 47. There are memories of Albert giving his children haircuts that morning before church before collapsing. Lute’s mother, Alinda, said Albert was “different” returning from WWI, some believed he may have been exposed to poison gas while working in a military construction battalion.
Just a few months later, Olson’s older brother Amos, who had returned from Mayville State College to run the family farm, died in a tractor accident on the farm. This forced Alinda Olson to move away from the farm and into Mayville. There, Olson attended his first three years at Mayville High School, before eventually graduating from Grand Forks Central High School after the family moved again. Olson was coached by Harold Poier at Mayville, where he grew to 6′ 3″ (1.90 m) as a junior. At Grand Forks, Olson played in his senior year for Coach Fritz Engel in both summer American Legion baseball and basketball, playing football for Coaches Bob Peskey and Louis King.
In 1951, the family had moved to Grand Forks, where Lute’s older sister Kathleen had moved to study nursing. It was there, while singing in the church choir, that Lute first met Bobbi Russell. The pair became inseparable. In 1951–52, Olson led Grand Forks Central to the 1952 state basketball championship, playing center. Central beat Williston 43–38 for the title, as Olson scored 16 points. Earlier in the 1952 state tournament, Olson’s Central team had defeated Minot St. Leo’s, featuring future Louisiana State University coach Dale Brown.
After high school Olson enrolled at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, he played football, basketball and one year of baseball. Olson graduated in 1956 with double major in history and physical education and Olson was awarded with the “Augsburg Honors Athlete Award,” given annually to the top Augsburg male student-athlete. While at Augsburg, he and Bobbi were married on Thanksgiving, 1953. Reminiscing about winters in Minnesota, Olson said “Growing up, it was fine because I didn’t know any better,” Olson said. “People from North Dakota go south to Minneapolis for the winter.”
After graduating from Augsburg, Olson taught and coached high school basketball for 13 years. First in Minnesota at Mahnomen and Two Harbors, Minnesota for five years total. In 1961, Olson and Bobbi moved west, first to Boulder, Colorado, where Olson was a middle school guidance counselor. Then they moved to California where, in 1962–1963, Olson coached the freshman basketball team at Western High School in Anaheim. In 1963 Olson became the varsity coach at Loara High School, also in Anaheim. In 1964 he was hired as varsity head coach at Marina-Huntington Beach High School.
For every start of a journey, there must be an end. His journey has sadly come to an end on earth.
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