Clarence "Flash" Olson

Clarence "Flash" Olson
Clarence "Flash" Olson

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article by Terry Heslink originally appeared in The Post-Journal on July 29, 1998.

If ever one person could lay claim to the title "Mr. Southwestern," it might be Clarence "Flash" Olson.

Olson, who died Monday after a long illness, coached just about every sport at Southwestern right after Lakewood and Celoron merged and, without a doubt, touched countless lives.

A memorial service in his honor will be held at 1 p.m., Friday in the school auditorium.

"It is the appropriate thing to have a memorial service for him at the school," said Southwestern wrestling coach Walt Thurnau, who replaced Olson in 1976. "There aren't enough good adjectives to describe Flash Olson, but I guess the most important thing I will remember is his integrity. I don't think there was a more honest person in the world.

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