Donovan Martin Olson, 84, Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Kenmare, ND, died on April 9, 2018, after a valiant struggle against bladder cancer.
Donovan Martin Olson, 84, Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Kenmare, ND, died on April 9, 2018, after a valiant struggle against bladder cancer. Private Family Graveside Service: will be held on June 15 at Lakeview Cemetery, Kenmare with full military honors. Donovan ‘Donny’ was born on Sept. 24, 1933, in Norma, ND, the youngest child of Martin and Sophie (Peterson) Olson. After graduating from Kenmare High School in 1951, Donovan went on to graduate cum laude from Dana College in Neb., and received a Master of Science from Oklahoma State University. Following his education, he became a professor of math at various universities, retiring at an early age from North Dakota State University to take care of his mother. In 1961, while still teaching college math, he volunteered and served in the U.S. Army as a math specialist and was honorably discharged in 1967. Although he never married, Donovan was a devoted caretaker and friend to his mother and sisters for which his extended family will be forever grateful. He is survived by two nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Arvid Olson, Muriel (Olson) Bauer and Arlene (Olson) Fitzmaurice.