Clyde Leonard Olson was born September 23, 1917, to Carl and Louise (Larson) Olson, at his home ten miles south of Artesian. He joined four sisters and two brothers. He attended Lyle Country School through eighth grade and graduated from Plano High School, where he never missed a day of school. If the weather was bad he rode his pony to school. Clyde and his brother, Raymond, stayed at home with their elderly parents and farmed for their room and board. On September 15, 1942, he married Esther Weber in Mitchell. They lived with his parents until his parents bought a home and moved to Mitchell. Clyde and Raymond formed a partnership called Olson Brothers and farmed together until 1973. Due to Raymond’s failing health, the farm was sold and a machinery auction was held. Clyde and Raymond both bought homes in Mitchell. Clyde drove cars for many of the car dealers in Mitchell for over thirty years. He had been a resident of the Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell since 2006. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Esther; four children: Jeanie Wohl and husband, Eugene of Lodi, CA, Mary Crane and husband, Larry of Mitchell, Carl Olson of Mitchell and Bob Olson of Mitchell; five grandchildren: Kim Culver, Kevin Wohl, Karie Galletti, Sheri Coy, Melissa Olson and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Clifford Olson, four sisters: Jessie Cope, Dessie Mitchell, Lillian Witzel, Esther Washburn, an infant brother, one grandson, Adam Crane and his parents.